In summary, over the Spending Review period, the outcome for the DCMS is as follows:
- The DCMA budget is to be cut by 24% from £1.4 billion to £1.1 billion;
- Administration costs are to be cut by 41% (which includes the abolition or reform of 19 of DCMS’s 55 existing quangos – as reported here and cuts in the grant to the Arts Council England);
- It is to be ensured that national cultural assets are preserved for future generations, including by limiting cuts to 15% for core arts programmes, like Museums, Arts Council England funding to frontline arts, and sports programmes;
- Free entry to galleries and museums is to be retained.
The DCMS settlement also includes provision for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by maintaining a public sector funding package of a staggering £9.3 billion.
Art vs Sport? – apparently, the choice has been made for us.
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