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MPs set to debate petition calling for assistance for industry

MPs are set to debate a petition calling for the UK government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during Covid-19.

The Petitions Committee, which is the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system, has agreed to schedule a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 25 June on petitions calling for support for UK industries in response to Covid-19.

The petition relating to the events industry is just one of the petitions set to be debated. The petition called for “the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.” It received more than 150,000 signatures.

The debate is being held in response to the huge number of petitions, that call for the Government to provide support for UK industries in response to Covid-19. The start time of the debate will depend on other parliamentary business, but people can follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter @HoCpetitions, which will post updates on when the debate is expected to start.

You can also watch the debate live here and a transcript will be published the following day here.

The petition was launched by event photographer Matt Rakowski. Writing on Facebook in March he thanked everyone who had signed the petition – and urged them to take further action to support the industry.

“Signatures on a petition is only the first stage of what we can do to support our industry,” he said. “I will write to my local MP, and various government ministers with suggestions of how I believe the industry can be helped through this crisis. I would also suggest you do the same please. If as many of us make as much noise as possible, we stand a better chance of getting something out of it.

“Right now, the next six months look like troubling times for all of us,” he added. “It’s likely that many businesses in the events sector will either have to significantly reduce their staff, or simply go under. If events are cancelled, we don’t have an industry, jobs or a salary.”