The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has revealed that the reductions to their budgets announced in the autumn statement (5 December) will be passed on to the Arts Council as a cut to our Grant in aid of £3.9 million (1 per cent) in 2013/14 and £7.7 million (2 per cent) in 2014/15.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:
‘The government’s intention seems to have been that Whitehall departments absorb any cuts themselves from efficiencies but since the DCMS has already given itself a 50 per cent administration cut – which was also applied to the Arts Council and other NDPBs – the Department’s latest cuts have been passed straight on to the bodies it funds.
‘What is clear is that our Grant in aid budgets for National Portfolio Organisations and Museum activity will reduce by 1 per cent and 2 per cent. We must now look closely at the figures and decide how we will pass these cuts on.
‘Some organisations are also having to deal with Local Authority cuts and so the situation is extremely challenging.’