Arts spend cut by £1bn since 2010 - Watson
Shadow Culture secretary Tom Watson has revealed that council spending on recreation and culture spending has been cut by an astonishing £1bn since 2010.
Speaking at a meeting of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Watson said figures from the House of Commons library showed that local authority spending on cultural activities has fallen from £3.25bn in 2009 to £2.17bn in 2016-17.
The arts are now facing a “triple whammy” of Brexit, local authority cuts and diminishing lottery returns, the Labour deputy leader claimed.
Spending cuts from last year saw an 8% real-terms decrease, a cut of £152m. This, added to a 15% decline in National Lottery income for good causes and the possible loss of £345m in EU funding for the arts and culture meant that arts and culture faced an “existential crisis.”