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Culture, media and sport - Spending Review

  • Published: Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Chancellor's Spending Review announced reforms to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport budget, reducing overall resource spending by 24 per cent.

DCMS budget cut to £1.3 billion

The Chancellor announced that the budget for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) would be reduced to £1.3 billion by 2014-15, with a 24 per cent reduction in overall resource spending. The department’s administrative costs would be reduced by 41 per cent and 19 quangos funded by the DCMS would be abolished or reformed.

Budget cuts to public bodies

Several public bodies funded by DCMS will face cuts as part of the review, including:

  • a 30 per cent budget cut to Sports England
  • a 30 per cent cut to UK Sport
  • a 24 per cent cut to Welsh-language broadcaster S4C
  • a 15 per cent cut to the British Film Institute
  • more than 30 per cent cuts to both English Heritage and Visit Britain

The Chancellor also announced that he was limiting cuts to museums, grant-funded organisations and Whole Sport plans to 15 per cent.

In addition, 19 of the 55 public bodies funded by the DCMS would be abolished or reformed. This includes the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and the UK Film Council.

Free entry to museums and galleries to continue

Funding for free entry to national museums and galleries will be kept and the new extensions to Tate Modern and the British Museum will be completed.

Olympic funding secured

The government has promised ongoing provision of the £9.3 million of public funding for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There will be no further reductions to Olympics funding beyond those made as part of the £6.2 billion efficiency savings announced in May.

The BBC and the licence fee

The government has also agreed with the BBC that the TV licencing fee will fund BBC World Service, BBC Monitoring and the Welsh language channel S4C. This will save the government around £340 million a year from 2014-15.

To ensure these extra BBC costs are not passed onto the public, the licence fee will be frozen for the next six years.

The TV license fee will also contribute £300 million of the £530 million the government will be investing in the UK's broadband network.

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