News: ACE announces restructure

Wednesday 4 March 2009

Arts Council England has announced a restructure which will save £6.5 million a year in adminstration and costs. The organisation has already made savings of £9.6million a year on running costs since 2002 and the new proposed changes, expected to be in place by 2010, will meet the government requirement that the Arts Council should save 15% on its grant in aid adminstration costs by that date.

The restructure will involve cutting staff numbers across the organisation by 24% and streamlining the regional offices into four main areas – North, Midlands and South West, East and South East and London. A smaller head office will share space with the London regional office.

Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey said: “We need to truly become one organisation which is confident and ambitious and shares knowledge internally and externally. I want to create a culture that moves away from the false polarities of national versus regional; that has real ambition for the arts and what the arts can do, and knows how to realise it.

“This proposal outlines a new Arts Council where responsibilities are clear and creative input at all levels is encouraged. Making the most of our talented and motivated workforce can only be of the greatest benefit to the organisations we fund and the rich arts landscape this country has to offer.”

A period of formal consultation with all Arts Council employees about the proposal has now begun and will run until 26 May 2009.

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