Grassroots arts suffering most under local authority cuts

The amount of money central government directs to local authorities across England has fallen by 38% since 2010. Cuts, efficiencies, and renewed efforts to generate income are priorities in councils across the country.

The arts – which don’t benefit from statutory status – have gained an unfortunate reputation as being an easy cut for councils facing ‘difficult decisions’. A 2016 report by Arts Council England estimated that, since 2010, local authority investment in arts and culture had declined by £236m – equivalent to 17% – and warned that cuts were likely to continue.

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