August 2011

Children’s Laureate attacks Future Libraries report

The recently appointed children’s laureate Julia Donaldson has condemned the “Future Libraries” report as a “cost-cutting exercise” containing among its recommendations some likely to lead to a deterioration of the service. The report, “Future Libraries: Change, Options and How to Get There”, draws on the first year of the Future Libraries programme set up by …
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Dance A level ‘soft’?

From Arts Professional The dance world is in uproar following Universities Minister David Willetts’ comments that traditional, academic subjects should carry a higher tariff of UCAS points than subjects such as dance. In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper, Willetts said that newer subjects such as dance and photography were not “core academic subjects” and …
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Planning overhaul ignores the arts, warns Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel has hit out at a planning policy proposed by the government, which she says ignores culture. The draft National Planning Policy Framework sets out the government’s requirements, including the economic, social and environmental factors councils should consider when making planning decisions. It aims to cut existing planning policy documentation, which …
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