Cuts to cultural spending

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on October 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Another day of announcements about cuts to public sector spending in the UK, another article about the impact on the heritage sector.

Yesterday George Osborne announced where the cuts will come and broadly where the cuts will take hold in the museum industry. Speaking in the House of Commons, Osborne said:

“Britain’s arts, heritage and sport all have enormous value in their own right, but our rich and varied cultural life is also one of our country’s greatest economic assets. The resource budget for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will come down to £1.1 billion by 2014-15.

Administrative costs are being reduced by 41% and 19 quangos will be abolished or reformed. All that is being done so that we can limit four-year reductions to 15% in core programmes such as our national museums, the front-line funding provided to our arts and Sport England’s whole sport plans.

We will complete the new world-class building extensions for the Tate Gallery and the British Museum.

The Secretary of State will provide details of further projects shortly. I can also announce today that, in order for our nation’s culture and heritage to remain available to all, we will continue to fund free entry to museums and galleries. There is also ongoing provision of the £9.3 billion of public funding for a safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic games in London in 2012.”
Initial analysis in live now on on Museum [Insider]. We’ll be writing up a full analysis of the impact of the coalition Government’s actions and spending review in the coming weeks, together with more detailed information about the exact implications of the spending reductions.


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