Wedding Consultation

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This week, the Alliance has responded to the Law Commission’s wedding consultation, focusing on the questions about location and venues. The core proposal of the Law Commission’s provisional scheme is to regulate the officiant rather than regulating the building in which the wedding is held, meaning …

Changes to the Treasure Act

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Upcoming changes to the Treasure Act 1996 will see artefacts defined as treasure ‘if they are of historical or cultural significance’. The current definition is based on the common law of treasure trove, which dates back to the medieval period and is based on the …

Tree Planting and Boosting Community Forests

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DEFRA has announced that over 500 hectares will be planted with trees across England’s ten Community Forests, through an investment of £12.1m. This is an important part of the Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Government has also put further funding into tree planting across the …

Sustainable Farming

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The Government has published ‘Path to Sustainable Farming’, the transition plan for agricultural policy in England from 1 January 2021. It also covers what these changes will mean for farmers and land managers. The government has said that these changes will be “designed to ensure that …

Planning Reform

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Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, was questioned on the Future of the Planning System by the HCLG Committee on Monday. You can watch a recording on Parliament TV here. The Committee also has published a Twitter thread summarising the responses to their planning survey which can …

Funding for Projects Alleviating Loneliness

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Yesterday, DCMS announced that £4 million in small grants will be awarded for projects alleviating loneliness as part of the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign. This funding will be available to small charities and community groups tackling isolation and loneliness will be open for applications from 5 January 2021.

Visa Applications Open

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The Government has opened the visa application process for people wanting to come and work in the UK under the new points-based system, including the Skilled Worker route. Guidance for UK visa sponsorship for employers can be found here and you can access the online application portal …

The Long-Term Future of the Heritage Sector

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having and will continue to have, a significant impact on the heritage sector. This brief covers some of the key issues around the long-term sustainability of the heritage sector and highlights where the government can support us. In this document, we …

COVID-19 Update and Support

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The current coronavirus outbreak is understandably causing concern amongst our membership and the sector more widely. We are doing everything we can to advocate on behalf of the sector at this challenging time, including through regular meetings and communications with DCMS. We continue to update …

DCMS Announces Launch of £250m Cultural Investment Fund

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A new £250 million Culture Investment Fund (CIF) will be introduced to “drive local growth, support young people, and reinforce culture’s role at the heart of communities.”, as announced by DCMS during the weekend. This new fund will benefit the culture and creative sectors, including providing …