Government accused of ‘ripping the heart’ out of UK night-time economy

Critics argue prioritising non-creative jobs will not be enough to save theatres and nightclubs

The government has been accused of abandoning the night-time and theatre sectors with its winter economy plan, which critics say will usher in a wave of mass redundancies and venue closures before the end of 2020.

Sacha Lord, Manchester’s night-time economy adviser, told the Guardian that the government fundamentally did not understand the sector and had decided to turn its back on it.

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