Friday, July 23, 2004

Arts funding

Arts organisations are warning that the future of theatre in Britain will depend on how new government money is allocated, reports The Stage.

The National Council for the Arts has welcomed the extra £200 million announced in Gordon Brown's three-year spending plans as necessary to secure the large investments already made by the government but said this was tempered by the need to wait and see how it would be distributed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The money represents a funding increase of 2.3% - in line with inflation, although not taking into account the extra costs associated with higher National Insurance rates. 
A spokesman for the DCMS said: "Although we have a settlement for the department for the period up to 2007/08, we have yet to divide up that money between the different areas in the department. It may take quite a few weeks before we will be able to say what effect it will have on each section."

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