Commons knowledge – Arts & Culture debate 19 June

After warnings last week from Arts Council that four fifths of subsidised arts groups in England may be set to lose all funding in the future due to anticipated budget cuts from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Treasury review on 26 June, all eyes were on Maria Miller last week for the proposed outcome.

It turned out that Maria Miller would lead the DCMS in agreeing an 8% budget cut for her department with the Treasury, and a 5% cut to the arts and museums budget. A ‘victory’ attributed to Miller’s “obstinacy, and representations from the arts lobby”.

Arts and Culture is pushing it’s way to the top of the agenda in Parliament today.

Harriet Harman will lead an Opposition Day debate on the importance of the arts and creative industries in the House of Commons midday on Wednesday, 19 June.

It will be the first major debate in the House of Commons on the arts and creative industries in over 5 years.

The debate follows an Early Day Motion signed by 57 MPs from all sides of the House, which calls on the Government to recognise the importance of the arts to individuals, communities and the economy, and take forward a strategy for the arts and creative industries.

More action less talk is needed across the sector and government should commit further to keeping the industry strong.

More info on the Liberal Democrats take on Culture, Tourism and the Media.

Let’s get political! We shall report back with a summary of the debate.

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