The Department of Culture Media and Sport’s budget has been cut by 25 per cent. “In the current economic climate, this is a good settlement ,” said Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture Olympics, Media and Sport. He went on to say: “We will deliver a safe and successful Olympics in 2012 when the eyes of the whole world will be upon us. And by cutting bureaucracy and waste and prioritising the services valued by the public we will be able to protect our sporting and cultural core for the long term.”
Despite the cuts the Department’s priorities are to:
(1) ensure the long sustainability of our key sporting and cultural assets by limiting cuts to museums, frontline arts organisation and whole sport plans to 15 per cent
(2) focus resources on the frontline services that the public value cutting back on administration and waste.
(3) contribute to economic growth by securing investment of £530 million to boost the UK’s broadband infrastructure
(4) retain free entry for everyone to our national museums and galleries
Significant savings to other areas of spending have also been announced, including overall budget reductions to Sport England (33 per cent), UK Sport (28 per cent), English Heritage (32 per cent), Visit Britain (34 per cent) and Arts Council England (29 per cent).