Arts Council England To Lose £11.6m Funding

Arts Council England (ACE) faces further funding cuts before 2015.

It's buget will be reduced by £11.6m, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: "We have been informed that the reduction to DCMS budgets announced in the autumn statement will be passed on to the Arts Council as a cut to our Grant in aid of £3.9 million (1 per cent) in 2013/14 and £7.7 million (2 per cent) in 2014/15.

"The government’s intention seems to have been that Whitehall departments absorb any cuts themselves from efficiencies but since the DCMS has already given itself a 50 per cent administration cut – which was also applied to the Arts Council and other NDPBs – the Department’s latest cuts have been passed straight on to the bodies it funds.

"What is clear is that our Grant in aid budgets for National Portfolio Organisations and Museum activity will reduce by 1 per cent and 2 per cent. We must now look closely at the figures and decide how we will pass these cuts on.

"Some organisations are also having to deal with Local Authority cuts and so the situation is extremely challenging."

The culture secretary Maria Miller said: "Our resource budgets, that's the money that goes towards day-to-day running costs for all the bodies we support, the money that makes them tick, if you prefer, will reduce by one per cent in 2013/14 and two per cent in 2014/15."


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