Following the recent budget on July 8th, George Osborne yesterday announced details of the autumn spending review “the next stage in the government’s plan to fix the nation’s finances” in which unprotected government departments (all except health, schools, defence and foreign aid) have been told to prepare for senarios of both 25% and 40% cuts over the next five years.
The spending review which takes place on 25th November 2015 will set out how £20 billion further savings will be made in order to eliminate Britain’s deficit by 2019/2020.
In light of this announcement it’s more important than ever that organisations, artists and everyone with an interest in arts and culture continue to make the case for funding the arts, and that we work alongside Arts Council England to tell the story about the value and impact of this investment.
What can we do?
There are lots of resources on the Arts Council website to help including:
- 2 Short films, one about making the whole case (the holistic case) for investment and one about talking to politicians. Both films can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
- An updated Advocacy Toolkit which you can download here: Download Advocacy Toolkit
You can also ask your MP to sign an Early Day Motion which has been tabled to recognise the findings of two new reports about the economic value of the arts:
- Contribution of the arts and culture sector to the national economy published by Arts Council England which provides new evidence that the arts and culture sector makes a strong, tangible contribution to the national economy.
- How public investment in the arts contributes to growth in the creative industries published by the Creative Industries Federation
The motion ‘asks the Government to bring forward policies which recognise the important role public investment in arts and culture plays in supporting this vital industry’.
You might also find it useful to read this evidence review on The value of arts and culture to people and society, and you can use the hashtag #culture matters to join in online conversations.