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Newcastle City Council announces £536k rescue package for creative and digital sector

Newcastle City Council has announced a rescue package of more than half a million pounds to support the creative and digital sector in Newcastle.

Funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s COVID-19 Capacity Fund, the £536k package will provide a cash injection to community organisations and enterprises in shared workspaces who were ineligible for emergency government funding.

The funding, which will help with running costs, rent and keeping staff on, also applies to charities and community centres in the area.

Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture at Newcastle City Council, commented: “Coronavirus isn’t just a health crisis, it’s also an economic crisis and has had devastating impact across many sectors and communities.

“The community and voluntary sector play a key role in our city, supporting the most vulnerable, and we want to ensure that they can continue to provide this much-needed support to the people of Newcastle.

“Our community centres are the beating heart of our local communities. The services they provide benefit the health and wellbeing of local people, so we need them to keep their doors open and people in employment.

“As well as supporting people and communities, we need to ensure the survival of our creative and digital sector, as this wealth of talent will be critical to the city’s recovery.”

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