DCMS told to make £88m of savings by Treasury

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been asked to make £88 million of savings as part of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s plans for £6.2 billion of in-year cuts for 2010/11.

Of the £88 million, £27 million will come from the Olympic Delivery Authority, leaving £61 million to be found by the DCMS’ other sectors. It has not yet been announced how much will have to be cut from the culture budget, although further details are expected later today.

Last week, culture minister Ed Vaizey told The Stage that he and culture secretary Jeremy Hunt “think we are confident that we can find the savings within administrative budgets”. He added: “We meant it when we said the pain would start at home and there would be savings in this department, because what Jeremy strongly believes is that it’s the practitioners who deserve the funding and they are the ones we are going to do our best to protect.”

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