A stark new report has revealed that around 86,000 jobs have been lost in the UK’s night time cultural economy sector since 2019.

Commissioned by the Night Time Industries Association (NITA), the report is a clear indication of the impact that the pandemic has had on the sector which includes night clubs, bars, casinos, festivals, and supply chain businesses.

NITA are now vocally opposing the proposed government plans to introduce vaccine passports which they say will “which will further damage a sector essential to the economic recovery”.

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said: “It has always struck me as so odd that we did not have a proper accounting of the value of this important sector.

“Today’s report puts that right, and is long overdue.

“It’s timely because at this moment, governments in Scotland and Wales are pressing ahead with chaotic vaccine passport plans, and the UK Government refuses to rule out their use in England. 

“It is the worst possible time to introduce vaccine passports."

Going on to call for more support from the government to ensure the survival of the sector Michael said: “It is crucial the Chancellor use the upcoming Budget to support this beleaguered sector.

“We are calling for him to extend the 12.5% rate of VAT on hospitality until 2024, include door sales in that reduced rate of VAT, because the present system punishes nightclubs that rely on door sales rather than selling tickets, and for him to ensure there are no increases in Alcohol Duties – our sector really cannot afford any additional burdens.”