Going it alone

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10 Sep 2015

Dorset's local authority arts service has just made the complex transition to a public service mutual. Lindsay Harrod shares the issues they faced and the benefits they are now reaping.

What should we be doing?

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10 Sep 2015

Public sector finances are not going to change any time soon, so we need to act to make sure efforts to bring arts and culture to those who don’t currently engage isn’t pushed off the agenda, says Jane Wilson

Theatres report drop in schools work

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21 Aug 2015

Budget cuts, the introduction of the EBacc and mass academisation of schools has created a “perfect storm” for theatre companies working with young people, sector figures warn.

Council gave NPO three-week warning of 100% funding cut

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20 Aug 2015

Wiltshire Council has been slammed as “grossly unfair” in its handling of arts funding cuts to Salisbury Arts Centre.

Report offers guidance for London boroughs facing further arts cuts

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30 Jul 2015

Ranging from acting as a critical friend to champion of the arts, a report by London Councils offers specific recommendations on how local authorities can fill the gap left by falling funding.

More collaboration needed to safeguard Welsh music services

10 Jul 2015

With Wales set to revamp its education policy and bring the arts to the heart of its school curriculum, an opportunity exists to safeguard and extend Welsh national music service provision.

Cuts prompt new ways of working in local authorities

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05 Jun 2015

Research into the impact of local government cuts on cultural activity has found sports and libraries face heavier cuts than the arts.

Arts support by London councils falters

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20 Mar 2015

Cuts and restructures have damaged relationships between arts organisations and local authorities, with community organisations and artists finding support harder to come by. 

A commissioner’s views on priorities and opportunities

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19 Mar 2015

Linden Rowley interviews Christian Markandu about the priorities for his commissioning service and the opportunities for arts and cultural organisations of all sizes.

When the cold, hard cash runs out

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02 Feb 2015

Guy Nicholson shares his views on the changing role of local government in supporting London’s arts and culture.

Funding situation is “critical”, say Core Cities

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09 Jan 2015

Local authorities in the UK’s largest cities are calling for a fairer share of government arts funding and devolution of cultural budgets to regional cultural capitals, warning that they will be concentrating their own resources on statutory services.

EXCLUSIVE: London authorities fail to pull their weight

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28 Nov 2014

London’s boroughs are relying on Arts Council England to make good a shortfall in their own arts funding relative to local authorities across the rest of England.

NAO reveals the impact of Council cuts

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20 Nov 2014

Cultural services have seen bigger cuts than social care but are not the worst affected, according to a National Audit Office report.

Wales fears the impact of council cuts

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11 Nov 2014

It is becoming increasingly less likely that culture and arts services will be able to play a meaningful part in delivering the Government’s ambition of tackling poverty and promoting social justice, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.

Regional funding imbalance “must be urgently rectified”

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05 Nov 2014

Greater fairness in Lottery funding would help to redress the wider geographic arts funding imbalance that sees London benefit “out of all proportion to its population”, says Select Committee.

Save our music libraries

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03 Nov 2014

Local authority cuts mean that some libraries are no longer lending music scores to amateur groups. Barbara Eifler explains why she is campaigning to restore this valuable service.

Local authorities playing it safe, report warns

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04 Sep 2014

The trend for closing arts services is continuing, with over a third of local authorities in England and Wales left with no arts officer.

Arts and culture valued by vast majority of local authorities

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25 Jul 2014

NLGN praises local authorities seeking new models for delivering arts and culture, and calls on more to do the same in the face of continuing cuts.

£18m boost for music education

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22 Jul 2014

Government announces extra funds and ends fears that local authorities will be asked to terminate music services.

Poor areas suffer highest local authority arts cuts

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01 May 2014

Shadow Culture Minister used Freedom of Information to reveal the impact of Government cuts on local authority spend on culture and libraries. 


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