The survey shows continued and significant changes to budgets in local authority arts spending. As of August 2013, 133 local authorities in England and Wales have no dedicated arts officer and have no direct arts service. This represents 35.3% of all authorities in England and Wales. The remaining 64.7% have services that are vulnerable to cuts and like the rest of the local authority cultural sector the majority are operating in reduced financial circumstances.
No arts organisations are to be funded by London Councils beyond this summer, as the umbrella body’s rerun decision process leaves the cultural sector even worse off than first time round.
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