Impact of Rail Strike on Events

DCMS is keen to hear about the impact that the rail strikes are having on events. If you have any information or data, please can you share it with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, or as it comes in.

Permitted Development Rights: The Temporary Use of Land

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is set to undertake a consultation on the introduction of a new permitted development right to support pop-up camping for Summer 2023. This will gather evidence on the benefits and impacts of introducing such a right. Details of the consultation will be announced in due course. More information can be found in the Chief Planner’s recent newsletter.

Creative Growth Programme

DCMS is inviting local area partnerships in England (except London) to submit expressions of interest (EOIs) to participate in the Create Growth Programme (CGP) over three financial years (from FY22/23 to FY24/25). Each successful local area partnership will be awarded approximately £1.275 million in grant funding for business support. Creative businesses in participating local area partnerships will also have the opportunity to benefit from up to a £7 million fund for finance support, as well as investor networking activities.

Local area partnerships will be directly responsible for delivering targeted business support to high-growth potential creative businesses. It is expected that participation in the CGP will help to build local knowledge, capacity and infrastructure to support creative businesses beyond the programme. EOI applicants will be shortlisted by a panel appointed by DCMS. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full applications to bid to participate in the programme. For more information, please visit here

Research update 

The Audience Agency has produced new research on attitudes to attending events – see The summary can be found here: Agency’s Cultural Participation Monitor (a quarterly/longitudinal study) is also available from: