I was joined by colleagues of the Labour Towns Group to advance the case for a new Town of Culture award with the Minister of State for Culture this week.

This meeting follows the Westminster Hall debate, which was secured myself in January of this year. The proposal would emulate the success of the City of Culture award.

The British City of Culture scheme was first proposed by the UK Labour Government in 2009. It has proven to be of huge value to our cities. The last recipient of the award, Hull, estimates that the programme generated £60million in 2017 from visitor income and £220million additional investment. It generated 800 new jobs and saw 5million visitors.

Liverpool, one of the first holders of the title ‘City of Culture’, found that 44% of its residents expressed a positive response to the programme as it made them feel proud of where they lived. Read more “Town of Culture Award – Ministerial meeting”

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I recently secured a debate in Westminster Hall which called on the UK Government to establish a new ‘Town of Culture’ award. This award would operate in a similar way to the City of Culture Award and would give winning towns investment into the arts and culture scene in their locality.

The idea for the ‘Town of Culture’ award was created by the Labour Towns Group, a group made up of Labour MPs who represent towns in England, Wales and Scotland.

The City of Culture Award has proven to be of huge value to our cities. The last recipient of the award, Hull, estimates that that programme generated £60 million in 2017 along from visitor income and additional drive. It generated 800 new jobs, 5 million visitors and £220 million of additional investment. Read more “Westminster Hall Debate: Town of Culture Award”