The Coalition’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcement yesterday has given us only a very partial indication of the coming impact of these cuts on cultural learning, the lives of children and young people and the professionals that work with them.
In our bulletin the CLA aims to signpost our signatories and partners to some of the headlines of the CSR and to the first comment and analysis emerging from the sector.
Yesterday we received confirmation of cuts to the DCMS, Arts Council, British Film Institute and other cultural arms-length bodies, the loss of the Creative Partnerships programme and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and early indications that Specialist Schools will no longer be funded. Over the last ten years we have all worked with and through these and similar organisations and programmes to ensure that the quality, depth and diversity of cultural learning in this country are second to none. It is absolutely critical that we continue to acknowledge and champion the brilliant and visionary work of our organisations, colleagues and the sector, and that we support each other to take this practice and passion forward through the steep challenges of the next decade.
In response to the spending review the CLA urges our signatories and partners in schools, youth services, local authorities, funding bodies and cultural organisations to redouble their efforts to work together to raise their profile, demonstrate the value of the arts and culture, and generate every scrap of investment which can be used to ensure that children and young people are able to access quality cultural learning experiences in the years to come.
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