The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget will be cut by £34 million over the next two years, under plans announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today.
DCMS will lose £12 million in 2013/14 and £22 million in 2014/15. There has been no announcement yet as to whether this will mean any in-year cuts to Arts Council England’s settlement. There is also the threat of further cuts, as a Comprehensive Spending Review covering 2013 onwards has been announced for early next year.
ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: “We do not yet know exactly what this means for arts and cultural funding. The Chancellor’s statement today signalled a £12 million cut to the DCMS budget in 2013/14 and a £22 million cut in 2014/15. There is as yet no indication how much, if any, of this cut will be passed on to the arts council and we await advice from the DCMS in this respect.
“A Spending Review across government was also announced, which will certainly cover 2013 to 2015 and possibly beyond, with further savings being sought in these years. The implications of this review for current funding commitments are as yet unclear.
“What is certain is that in a year where we have all seen just how much joy and pride in our country the arts can bring – in the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies and cultural events across England – there has never been a better time to maintain that modest investment. Because it also delivers real value – creating jobs, enriching children’s education and, for every £1 invested, generating up to £6 for local economies. Arts and culture can help get the UK back on track.”