News: London arts organisations face cuts

Wednesday 5 February 2003

ALG defer decision to cut arts funding
Arts Council London issued the following statement, following the Association of London Government’s decision to defer decisions in cuts in fudning to arts organisations in the capital:
“The Arts Council/London Arts is pleased that the Association of London Government (ALG) Grants Committee decided to defer final decisions on most of the recommendations for grants to cultural organisations over the period to 2007. We also welcome the extension of current funding for these organisations to end June 2003. But we remain very concerned about the implications for the funding of arts bodies in London.

The ALG has said that, at this next stage, it wants to consult us – and other funders – before making final decisions on the applications before it. We will be happy to supply the ALG with relevant information to enable it to reach decisions which are balances, transparent and fair. But those decisions must also safeguard the funding partnerships in London – built up over many years between London Arts, the ALG and the boroughs – which protect the diverse range of services arts organisations provide to communities throughout London.”

London arts organisations face cuts
Many London arts organisations face cuts in their funding support from the Association of London Government.
Dance organisations affected include the Place, Sakoba, and Connect at Sadler’s Wells, although East London Dance is one of the few which will have its grant increased.

“The ALG, which gives £27m a year to a wide range of community groups and social service providers, said the changes were necessary if it was “to properly meet the needs of Londoners”.”
read more in the
Guardian, 24 Jan 03

Following ALG’s announcement about the loss of their annual £34,000 grant, Sue Hoyle, General Manager of The Place, issued the following statement:

‘The Place is very disappointed and concerned at the loss of our funding from the Association of London Government (ALG). We have been funded from this source for over 20 years. As a result, we will have to reduce the amount of education work that we do with children and young people in the local neighbourhood and across London. We are concerned that this decision has been made without any consideration of the high quality work that The Place produces and the innovative education work that we conduct in partnership with organisations in every London borough. We will be appealing against this decision’.

To register your comments on the ALG decision write to:
Shenuka Jeyaratnam
Overview Team
Social Policy and Grants,
Association of London Government
59, Southwark Street
London SE1 0AL
Tel: 020 7934 9999

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