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Autumn statement: Extra funds for Manchester’s Factory theatre and Birmingham Dance Hub

Artist's impression of St John's creative village, where the Factory will be located. Photo: Allied London
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The government will invest in a new multi-million pound dance centre in the Birmingham, chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Central government will give £4 million to Birmingham Dance Hub, one of a number of cultural investments revealed as part of the autumn statement and spending review.

Osborne also confirmed that government will give £9 million per year to the new Factory theatre in Manchester from 2018-19, the creation of which was announced in 2014 and will be funded using £78 million of government funds.

He also announced £1 million of additional money for Hull’s City of Culture event in 2017, which he said would “create a lasting legacy” for the area.

In a speech made to the House of Commons, Osborne described arts and culture as “one of the best investments we can make”.

Elsewhere, working parents will be entitled to free childcare for three and four-year-olds for up to 30 hours per week from September 2017.

This will be available to parents working more than 16 hours a week and with an income of less than £100,000.

It follows complaints from within the performing arts sector around the lack of affordable childcare provision.

The move was announced by Osborne as part of the Conservative government’s first spending review. The announcement saw the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget cut by 5%, but with money for Arts Council England protected.

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