Cultural Services

Four places shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025

21/03/2022

Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough are the four locations shortlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025.

Museums and galleries to receive £48m boost

14/03/2022

Cultural venues across the country are set to receive £48m of funding to help improve access to the arts, the Government has announced.

New commission launched to show value of cultural services

07/03/2022

A new commission to promote the role of arts and culture in England's recovery from the pandemic has been launched by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Over 100 places to receive targeted arts funding

24/02/2022

Over 100 places that have been previously overlooked or neglected will be prioritised for arts funding.

Council reverses decision to scrap all arts funding

14/02/2022

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has decided against plans to cut arts funding by 100% following a public consultation.

Council spending on the arts has halved since 2010

04/02/2022

Local authority expenditure on cultural services has fallen by 50% across England since 2009-2010, according to new research.

Cultural sector to get £30m winter boost

22/12/2021

Theatres, museums and other organisations in the cultural sector will be able to draw on an extra £30m to help them through winter, Government says.

Council spending on museums falls by more than a quarter in past decade

27/10/2021

Local authority spending on museums and galleries has fallen by 27% in the past decade, new analysis has found.

Only half the Culture Recovery Fund paid out, NAO finds

12/03/2021

Only half of the money from the Government’s arts recovery fund has been paid out so far, a spending watchdog has warned.

BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

New research to show value of heritage and culture

21/01/2021

The culture and heritage sectors will be able to make a stronger case for investment following a new approach by the Government.

Council chiefs call for culture funding to support people during lockdown

11/11/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in culture, sport and leisure activities as a new report reveals councils spend over £2bn a year on these areas.

Latest round of funding for heritage sites announced

09/11/2020

The major share of a £1.57bn fund dedicated to supporting the recovery of cultural assets has been awarded outside of London, according to the Government.

Council chiefs call on Government to help local creative industries

05/08/2020

New guidance has been published to help over-stretched councils support their local creative industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Protecting art in a crisis

27/07/2020

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy outline how local authorities can play an important part in enabling arts and culture to flourish in their areas.

Planning changes to protect theatres and music venues

13/07/2020

New planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues from being demolished or redeveloped will come into effect next week.

Government unveils £1.57bn rescue package for arts and culture

06/07/2020

The Government has announced a £1.57bn funding package to help cultural and heritage organisations survive the coronavirus crisis.

Arts council announces £160m of ‘emergency funding’

25/03/2020

Council chiefs have welcomed the announcement of a multi-million-pound injection of funding to support the arts sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

Winners announced for Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020

14/02/2020

A Windrush festival and a theatre company helping those affected by addiction are among the winners of this year's Hearts for the Arts awards.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending

14/10/2019

The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap, MPs say

21/08/2019

MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

Council approves plans for 10ft Thatcher statue

06/02/2019

Councillors in Lincolnshire have given the go ahead for a bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher to be placed in Grantham, home town of the late prime minister.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole

01/02/2019

Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

Council spending on cultural services slashed by £400m

28/01/2019

Council spending on cultural resources such as museums, libraries, and the arts has been reduced by almost £400m over the last eight years of austerity, new research has revealed.

Five areas to share £20m cultural development fund

18/01/2019

The five areas to receive £20m of funding to invest in culture have been unveiled by the Government.

Cambridge CC to bring cultural services back in-house

24/12/2018

Cambridge CC has announced it will return to providing cultural services directly after Cambridge Live struggles to meet financial targets.

Manchester to double its contribution to arts venue

06/11/2018

Manchester City Council is set to more than double its contribution to delivering a new arts venue after the cost of project rose by nearly £20m.

Government announces £15m in cultural regeneration funds

23/03/2018

The tourism minister today committed to giving Blackpool, Bradford and the Lake District £15m in cultural regeneration funds for the North.

Waltham named first London Borough of Culture

27/02/2018

Waltham Forest will be awarded over £1m as it is named the first ever London Borough of Culture.

Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021

08/12/2017

Coventry has been chosen to be the UK's City of Culture for 2021.

£15m fund to support culture and tech projects in the North

05/12/2017

Eleven towns and cities from across Northern England have bid for a share of a new £15m fund to support major culture and tech capital projects.

Online hub created for councils to share innovative ways to invest in culture

17/08/2017

Financially-squeezed councils can now access a specialised online hub designed to help them share innovative ways to invest in culture.

London to become 'leading 24-hour global city’, mayor says

26/07/2017

London is set to become a 'leading 24-hour global city' under plans unveiled by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Mayor launches London Borough of Culture competition

03/07/2017

London’s boroughs will be able to apply for over £1m of funding in order to develop their cultural activities and stage ‘world-class’ cultural events.

Newcastle-Gateshead to host 2018 Great Exhibition

11/10/2016

Newcastle-Gateshead has been chosen to host the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North.

Arts and culture funding to be shifted away from the capital

05/10/2016

Funding for arts and culture outside of London will be increased by 4% by 2022, Arts Council England has announced.

Hull announces £100m investment into cultural infrastructure

23/09/2016

Hull has launched ‘ambitious’ plans to invest £100m in cultural infrastructure in order to capitalise on its tenure as the UK City of Culture 2017.

New programme will give 600 youths access to the arts, Whitehall claims

10/08/2016

A new programme promoting cultural engagement within disadvantaged communities will provide 600 young people increased access to the arts, the Government claims.

Museums receive over £12m amid cuts in arts funding

03/08/2016

Museums across the country are to receive millions in funding to transform them into ‘sustainable and resilient businesses’, at a time when investment in the arts is decreasing.

150-year-old Welsh museum under threat from cuts

08/01/2016

The future of Wales’ oldest museum is in question as council is forced to cut funding to cultural services in their bid to save £90m.

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