British Stars Protest at Government Cuts
On 13th March 2011, a letter from a collection of the biggest names in British film, television and theatre, appeared in The Observer warning that government cuts to funding of the arts in Britain posed a major threat. The letter was written in response to the coalition government’s announcement in October 2010 that Arts Council England, the body responsible for allocating money to various arts venues, would have its budget cut by almost 30%. The announcement, which followed the abolition of the UK Film Council, prompted a number of local councils to cut their arts budgets accordingly.
The letter in full read:
Before the last election the government promised to usher in a “golden age” for the arts. The reality couldn’t be further from this. With the reductions announced in last year’s Spending Review, the withdrawal of huge amounts of local authority support, the abolition of the UK Film Council and the financial pressures faced by the Arts Councils and the BBC, we are currently facing the biggest threat to funding the arts and culture have experienced in decades.