Opinion: What does the Autumn Statement say about culture?
The arts and culture sector was included in the Autumn Statement that was announced on Thursday November 26.
Britain was recognised for being “brilliant at culture as well as science” in the statement.
In his speech, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:
“One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport.”
Despite this, the core administration budget for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will fall by 20%.
The department will lose money but no deep cuts have been made. Some thought that this would happen, including myself but for the city of Sunderland and other cultural cities within the UK there were some positives.
Arts Council England was mentioned in the statement.
It is an organisation that supports the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
More money will go to the council and to Britain’s national museums and galleries.
Museums are currently free to enter and Mr Osborne intends to keep it that way.
He said that we would: “look at a new tax credit to support exhibitions” that are supported by the Arts Council.
Sport is also included in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The country will see a 29% rise in sports spending.
“We’re going for gold in Rio and Tokyo,” Osborne said.
The arts and culture sector has not been hit as hard as many thought it would be, in my opinion.