COVID-19: Local Authority Discretionary Grants

Last week the House of Commons returned to Westminster, and whilst there was considerable attention to the airport queuing style system that has been created to facilitate voting whilst observing social distancing, we also saw the end of the video conferencing used to allow members to participate in debates from home. Before the Whitsun recess […]

The Telegraph: Lower tiers say Premier League will be 'let off the hook' if not forced to share profits

Article by Jeremy Wilson for The Daily Telegraph - published 4 June 2020 Clubs down the football pyramid fear that the Government has "moved on" and let the Premier League "off the hook" despite Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden's suggestion that Project Restart was dependent on sharing the financial rewards through "the entire football family". Telegraph Sport revealed on Wednesday the sense of despair not just through the […]

MailOnline: Wreck of ironclad German warship SMS Grosser Kurfurst that sank in the English Channel after being rammed by a friendly vessel in 1878 added to National Heritage List for England

Article by Luke Andrews for MailOnline - published 5 June 2020 The wreck of a German battleship that sank off the coast of Kent in 1878, when she was rammed by a friendly vessel trying to avoid two fishing boats, has been added to the National Heritage List for England. SMS Grosser Kurfurst's armour plating […]

COVID-19: Supporting culture, sport and hospitality

Over the last two months we have seen an unprecedented and world-leading business support package delivered by the government, designed to keep firms going during the lockdown and to preserve jobs. Over £30 billion of finance has been provided through the different business loan and support schemes. Many local firms, large and small have used […]

MailOnline: MPs write to the FA and EFL urging them to create a 'Football Finance Authority' with government cash to save clubs facing financial ruin from coronavirus

Article by Jack Bezants for MailOnline - published 28 May 2020 A group have MPs have called for urgent talks with the Football Association and the English Football League to address the financial impact of coronavirus on sport. There are intensifying fears that a number of professional clubs are facing administration due to the outbreak of the […]

The Guardian: League One clubs in bitter division over whether to resume season

Article by Louise Taylor for The Guardian - published 28 May 2020 The chances of League One teams resuming the season seem increasingly doubtful with clubs bitterly divided and a final decision on whether to continue or curtail the campaign unlikely before Monday week at the earliest.  With assorted proposals being put forward, the absence […]

COVID-19: Looking forward

The Government has announced this week further measures to ease the lockdown restrictions. These important steps can be made because of the collective action we have taken to restrict the spread of the virus. This has saved lives and enabled the NHS to cope with the demands placed on it by COVID-19. We have not […]

Sky Sports News: Ten football clubs could go bust in weeks without urgent govt bailout, MP warns

Article by Geraint Hughes for Sky Sports News - published 22 May 2020 Up to 10 football clubs could go into administration within weeks unless they receive an urgent and substantial government bailout, it has been claimed. Damian Collins, the former chair of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee, said many League 1 […]

The Daily Mirror: 10 English football clubs could go bust "in the next few weeks" warns MP

Article by Mark Jones for the Daily Mirror - published 22 May 2020 Up to 10 EFL clubs face administration imminently without a government bailout, according to MP Damian Collins. Mr Collins - the former chair of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee - is calling on Boris Johnson to step in and help clubs […]

A Way Forward for Football

By Damian Collins MP and Charlie Methven, co-owner of Sunderland AFC We may only have a few weeks to save professional football in this country as we know it. The shock of the COVID-19 crisis has badly exposed the weak financial position of clubs in the English Football League (EFL), many of whom were already […]

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