The DCMS Select Committee has issued a call for evidence on impact of COVID-19 on all of DCMS’ sectors, and into how Government has responded.

DMSF has been asked, along with other community sports providers, to provide feedback to the DCMS Select Committee Inquiry into the challenges presented by Covid-19.

The cultural sectors has been particularly affected by the currently lockdown and movement restricted.  Many of these include events that carried some form of licensing requirement such as music and sporting events.

Diane Modahl, CEO and co-Founder of DMSF, said: “We welcome this inquiry. It will give us the opportunity to voice concerns about the resilience of the Youth and Play sector, the offer and scope of the providers, and to have these reviewed by an influential group with the ability to amplify our sector’s needs.”

In particular the Committee is interested in finding out the following:

  1. What has been the immediate impact of C19 on the sector?
  2. How effectively has the support provided by DCMS, other Government departments and arms-length bodies addressed the sector’s needs?
  3. What will the likely long-term impacts of C19 on the sector and what support is needed to deal with those?
  4. What lessons can be learnt from how DCMS’s arms-length bodies and the sector have dealt with C19?
  5. How might the sector evolve after C19, and how can DCMS support such innovation to deal with future challenges?

The call for evidence is currently open-ended, in light of the pressures of the crisis, but you can read our response here.