Funding of the Arts and Heritage

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Select Committee announced in late July a new fast-track Inquiry into arts and heritage funding, presumably to influence the Treasury and DCMS in implementing the Comprehensive Spending Review in and after October 2010.  The CLA's evidence, in general terms, points out that, unlike 'arts', heritage is already almost entirely funded by its owners and occupiers/users, and also that, unlike arts (etc) funding, the small amount of public heritage funding has already been greatly cut.  It stresses the need for an efficient, i.e. substantially reformed, heritage protection system, the lack of which is creating market failure and deterring investment by CLA members and others, and adds that targeted public funding for heritage is justified in the minority of cases where the market cannot keep heritage in good repair. 

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