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Local arts cuts
Our analysis of official Government statistics found that, between 2009/10 and 2020/21, per-person cultural funding was reduced by 33% in Scotland, 36% in Wales and 50% in England in real terms.
National arts cuts
Our analysis found that, compared with the start of the decade, Government funding of the Arts Councils in 2020 was 16% lower in England, 21% lower in Wales and 63% lower in Northern Ireland in real terms.
Impacts of Covid-19
Impacts of Brexit
New rules and paperwork, with high associated costs, are holding artists back and risk creating a ‘glass ceiling’ for up-and-coming talent.
Threats to the BBC
The Government has imposed further cuts on our national public broadcaster, and indicated that it plans to abolish the BBC’s funding model entirely.
Threats to grassroots venues
Public library cuts and closures
Fewer arts opportunities in for children and young people
Funding cuts in higher education
Arts and creative courses have been identified by the Government as ‘not among its strategic priorities’. Since April 2021, HE providers have received 50% less funding from the Office for Students to meet the costs of delivering these courses. The former Education Secretary warned, “we would then potentially seek further reductions in future years”.