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Boost for live music as government announces plans to exempt small venues


31 December 2009

Live music performances for 100 people or less will no longer need to be licensed, under proposals announced today by Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.

A close shave: last chance to save painting of sheep-shearers from leaving the UK


23 December 2009

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a painting by Samuel Palmer, The Shearers.  This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the painting in the United Kingdom. 

Get ready to splash! New-look swimming pools to be completed in first three months of 2010


22 December 2009

Swimmers at public pools across England will enjoy brand-new and revamped facilities in 2010 – thanks to a new wave of investment from the Government’s £140m free swimming initiative that has so far seen young people and senior citizens take more than ten million free swims.

EU-wide standards for Audio Visual Media Services


18 December 2009

Better consumer protection and a formal industry-led co-regulatory system will be introduced for the first time as common standards for video-on-demand services are adopted across Europe.

Thomas Hardy am-dram scripts should stay in the UK, says Culture Minister


18 December 2009

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a collection of typescripts from contemporary dramatisations of the works of Thomas Hardy.  This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the collection in the United Kingdom.

Public more confident than ever in successful Olympics


17 December 2009

A nationwide survey shows that public support for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 remains high, with confidence that the UK will stage a successful Games growing to 79 per cent from 76 per cent last year.

Bradshaw announces jobs boost for young people


16 December 2009

More than 600 new jobs in the cultural, creative and sport sectors were announced by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw today, in a range of projects aimed at getting young people out of unemployment and onto the first rung of the career ladder.

Export blocks save cultural treasures for UK museums and libraries


16 December 2009

Vintage dresses, a naval explorer’s journal, a rare musical manuscript and a regulator clock are some of the outstanding cultural objects which have recently been saved for the nation instead of being exported abroad. 

Publication of Video Recordings Bill


15 December 2009

A fast track Bill to restore public protections around the supply and classification of age-rated films and video games is published today.

Government signs off FIFA guarantees as England 2018 bid gathers pace


15 December 2009

England’s 2018 World Cup bid reached its latest milestone today as the Government signed off the guarantees required by FIFA, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe announced.

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