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Arts Council England

ACE reveal implementation plan for cuts following CSR

Industry News

26 October 2010

Following the announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on Wednesday 20 October, detail on how it will affect arts and culture in Britain is beginning to emerge.

Today, Arts Council England (ACE) revealed its plans for implementing the 29.6% cut to its budget announced as part of the CSR. Following a meeting of National Council on Monday 25 October, an implementation plan has been agreed to reduce ACE’s grant-in-aid budget from its current baseline of £449 million to £349m by 2015. This is a real-terms cut of £457m over four years. The plan includes:

• A 6.9% across-the-board cash cut for the majority of arts organisations in 2011/2012 only
• A 14.9% real-terms cut to the money available for the regular funding of organisations by 2014/15
• Significant cuts to the funding of Creativity, Culture and Education, Arts and Business, and the Arts Council’s development funds
• A 50% reduction to the Arts Council’s operating costs, from the current £22m to £12m (real terms) in 2015

Liz Forgan, Chair of Arts Council England, said:

These are severe cuts, made worse by the fact that around 80% of them have to come in the first two years of the settlement.

We are determined to lead the arts through this tough period, using all our knowledge, expertise, and brokering skills, and drawing on the resourcefulness and imagination around us.

For several months we have been in conversation with the DCMS, our funding partners, arts organisations and artists about how we can best support the arts in dealing with significant cuts. We have had to prioritise, to achieve a 6.9% cut to our portfolio within a 14% cash cut to our overall 2010/11 budget.

These measures are designed to ensure a strong and resilient future. The country needs its artists at a time like this and we are about building, as well as sustaining, our unparalleled arts and cultural sector.”


For more information about the implementation plan ACE has agreed, view the full press release.

As well as the cuts implements by ACE, the CSR also revealed that national museums will be cut by 15% and will remain free to enter, and English Heritage will be cut by 32%. As well as cuts from DCMS, arts and culture will also be affected by the cuts to Local Government budgets of 28% over the 4 year spending review period, although it is unclear how individual Local Authorities will choose to implement these cuts on arts and culture.

For full detail on the cuts from DCMS, visit their website. The full Comprehensive Spending Review 2010 document which includes the detailed cuts for Local Government can be found here.