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Nottingham Playhouse 100% county council funding cut approved

Protestors outside Nottinghamshire County Council's county hall today.
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Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed it will remove all of its funding for Nottingham Playhouse from April despite campaigners’ attempts to convince the local authority not to go ahead with the cut.

Demonstrations held today in opposition to the proposals failed to stop councillors voting in favour of the plans to remove the entire £94,500 annual grant from 2014/15.

The plans were pushed through as part of proposals to save the council £154 million over the next three years.

Nottingham Playhouse tweeted this afternoon:

A follow-up tweet said:

In a statement issued at the weekend, Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said there were no alternative plans at that stage to change the original decision to cut funding to the venue.

He said: “We had almost 38,500 responses to our budget consultation and have made a number of changes to our initial proposals as a direct result of the comments we have received.

“Nottingham Playhouse ran a concerted campaign to protect its council funding, which attracted support from the arts community locally and nationally. Along with all the survey responses, letters, phone calls, petitions, emails and tweets we received – these comments were carefully considered when deciding which of our initial proposals we could afford to change.”

He added: “We recognise that while Nottingham Playhouse is based in the city it does deliver initiatives within the county. However, none of the other theatres which do fall into the county council’s area receive any grant support from us. The playhouse attracts funding from a variety of sources, including from Arts Council [England] and the city council, and our grant accounts for just a small percentage of the total public funding.”

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