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Spending review: how the arts are affected

Posted on June 26, 2013


The chancellor, George Osborne, has announced the government’s comprehensive spending review, which aims to make savings of £11.5 billion in government spending. The culture, media and sport department has had its resource budget cut by seven per cent, with Arts Council England and national museums cut by five per cent.


The five percent cut is much lower than was feared. Mark Skipper, chief executive of Northern Ballet, told The Guardian: “It is a relief. Especially given that we were looking at modellings of 15 per cent and the devastation that would cause. I think five per cent is a good outcome.”


Sally O’Neill, interim chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “I am encouraged that the government has listened to our concerns and recognises the value that arts and culture make to both the quality of people’s lives, and also to the economy.”


However, local government spending has also been cut by ten per cent, which will affect many arts groups.


Picture: Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley in Northern Ballet’s production The Great Gatsby. Photograph: Jason Tozer


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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