Unions demand reversal of Scotland’s culture cuts which 'threaten 8,500 jobs'

The Scotsman

20 Feb 2023

by Brian Ferguson

The alliance of unions has emerged days after the launch of an “emergency” campaign calling on the government to “pull Scotland’s cultural sector back from the brink” by reversing Creative Scotland’s budget cut.

More than 12,000 supporters have already backed an online petition launched by the UK-wide grassroots Campaign for the Arts alliance and backed by Culture Counts, Scotland’s network of arts, heritage and creative industries organisations.

Campaign for the Arts director Jack Gamble said: “In just a few short days, thousands of people from communities across Scotland have joined our campaign to urge the Scottish Government to think again. So much is at stake – not just for those who work in the cultural industries and depend on them for their livelihoods, but for all of us. When the arts and culture flourish, we all benefit – personally, socially and economically. Especially now, the arts should be supported, not cut.”