Culture minister make arts cuts warning

Culture minster Matt Hancock has warned that councils ‘are choosing’ to make arts cuts.

Speaking to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, claimed that councils are making ‘politically motivated decisions’ to cut arts and culture.

Using the example of Lancashire County Council and planned cuts to culture funding, Hancock warned that culture ‘seems to be the easy hit – the easy way to make savings’, but claimed that this was not a necessity.

The Select Committee, part of the Countries of Culture inquiry, is examining the arts and their funding landscape across the UK.

Hancock said: “There are well-run local authorities that are more strongly supporting culture activities because they understand the argument that culture is critical to growing a place and a sense of place, as well as the economic and the direct social benefits. Of course, there are areas that are taking the opposite approach – I think that is wrong.”