I'm called a traitor for criticising Scottish art fund cuts

The National

29 Sep 2023

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by Iona Fyfe

Earlier this year, 15,401 signatories publicly opposed plans for a £6.6m cut to Creative Scotland. As a result of massive backlash and the petition campaign, led by Campaign for The Arts, ministers u-turned to abandon the hugely unpopular cut. But this week, as part of the autumn budget review, the Scottish Government has re-instated the £6.6m cut to Creative Scotland’s 2023-24 annual budget – a cut of around 10%.

The Campaign for the Arts has yet again resorted to mounting a petition calling on the Scottish Government to honour its commitment to provide “an uplift of £6.6m for Creative Scotland for 2023-24”, scrap any proposal to cut funding from the 2023-24 autumn budget revision, and commit to maintaining and increasing investment from 2024-25.