Alarm at Arts Council

Arts Council England is seeking an urgent meeting with the Treasury to discuss cuts to its core grant recipients after the arts development agency learned it will lose £62.9m to the Olympics.

Further losses to the UK Film Council, the Arts Councils of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland and Scottish Screen will bring the combined extra loss to arts bodies to just over a third of the £250m to be diverted from National Lottery distributors other than the BLF.

"The impact is likely to be felt across the whole of England, and disproportionately by smaller arts organisations, local projects and individual artists," said Peter Hewitt, chief executive of Arts Council England.

"These are the main recipients of our lottery funds, and precisely the sort of people who might be asked to contribute to the cultural Olympics.

We must hope that the Government will compensate the arts for this setback through the spending review."

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