Campaign group acknowledges Bath council arts spending

A campaign group pushing for greater spending on the arts has removed Bath and North East Somerset Council from a list of shame.

The National Campaign for the Arts had initially placed the authority in the bottom eight of a league table of spending on culture.

But its claim that B&NES spent less than 1p per resident per week on the arts overlooked the fact that the success of the Roman Baths allows the authority to plough hundreds of thousands of pounds of tourism income into the sector.

The campaign had drawn on Government figures which include only net spending – excluding cultural income which is reinvested.

Now actor and director Samuel West – the son of actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales and chair of the NCA – has apologised.

From the Bath Chronicle – full story here.

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