Libraries for health and wellbeing

A new report for the Department for Culture has called on Government to make the most of libraries by enabling communities to run them as wellbeing hubs.

As well as calling for increased use of digital and new technologies, ‘The Independent Library Report for England’ calls on local authorities to share learning and combine resources to support their role in providing health information and hosting community events.

DCMS agrees settlement with the Treasury prior to announcement of the spending review

The Department for Culture Media and Sport is reported to have agreed a settlement with the Treasury which involves an overall reduction to the DCMS of 8%, the details of which will be announced as part of the government’s spending review on 26 June. Reports suggest that cuts to Arts Council England will amount to 5%. Cuts of 5% will be likely to lead to significant reduction in the number of arts organisations in receipt of regular Arts Council funding.

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival evaluation reveals public engagement of over 43 million

Arts Council England and LOCOG have published new analysis on the breadth and impact of the four-year UK-wide London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.

The new findings suggest that the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival was the largest cultural programme of any Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programme claims 43.4 million public experiences of arts and culture - 38.5 million of which took place at free events. It comprised 177,715 activities which cut across a range of artforms and provided a platform for 40,464 artists and led to 5,370 commissions of new work.

DCMS open consultation: Classifying and measuring the creative industries – deadline 14 June 2013

The purpose of this consultation is to update the ways in which the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) classifies the Creative Industries. Input is invited from interested parties.

The current classification system used by DCMS has been in existence since 1998.

w: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/classifying-and-measuring-the-creati...


Further cuts to Arts Council England in the latest budget and more to come

The latest budget announced by Chancellor George Osborne has resulted in a further reduction to the grant in aid received by Arts Council England. An additional 1.09% will be cut in 2013/14 followed by 1.06% in the following year. It is yet to be confirmed exactly how these cuts will be passed on to arts organisations. Further cuts are also expected after the next Spending Review which will be announced on 26 June and will cover 2015/16. The Government has stated its intention to make a further £11.5bn cuts to public spending in the Review.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey launches new review of architecture and the built environment

Culture and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey has launched a new independent review of architecture and the built environment, to be undertaken by architect Sir Terry Farrell.

The review will look at four main areas:
• Understanding the Government’s role in promoting design quality in architecture and the built environment;
• The economic benefits of architecture – maximising the UK’s growth potential;
• Cultural heritage and the built environment; and
• Promoting education, outreach, and skills.

Government to cut back on red tape for community entertainment

The Government has announced plans to cut regulations around neighbourhood events.

The change will mean that community venues – including community centres, schools, village halls and hospitals - will be exempt from licensing restrictions. They will be free to put on cultural events like dance displays and concerts without having to apply to the local council for a licence, where the number of people in the audience is fewer than 500. Venues serving alcohol alongside theatre performances will still need a licence.

DCMS and Arts Council England budgets cut in Autumn Statement

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget will be cut by £34m over the next two years, under plans announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week.

DCMS will lose £12m in 2013/14 and £22m in 2014/15 from its total budget. The cuts have been passed on to Arts Council England which sees budget cuts of £3.9m (1 per cent) in 2013/14 and £7.7m (2 per cent) in 2014/15. Arts Council England has written to funded organisations warning them to expect similar cuts.

Philanthropy Beyond London

Philanthropy Beyond London is the second in a series of three independent studies commissioned by the Government looking at new ways of boosting arts philanthropy. The first report, on legacy giving, was published earlier this month.

The report, written by Birmingham Opera Company chair Peter Phillips, makes 19 recommendations, including the introduction of “friends” schemes and for CEOs to make fundraising leadership one of their key priorities.

w: www.culture.gov.uk/publications/9541.aspx

Arts Council England responds to the Henley Review of Cultural Education

The Government has published Cultural education in England: An independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Arts Council England has published a detailed response and is pleased the review recognises cultural education as a central aspect of all children and young people's lives.


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