Magazine article Screen International

DCMS Cuts Less Than Feared

Magazine article Screen International

DCMS Cuts Less Than Feared

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UK Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement was not as hard on the the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as many feared.

While the department's overall budget is to be cut by 5%, the department's "administration costs" will still be slashed by 20%.

"Deep cuts" to the department would be a "false economy", Osborne told the House of Commons.

"One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport," he said.

Under Osborne's plans the Arts Council and the UK's national museums and galleries will get a cash increase between now and 2020, while "elite sport" will also benefit in the lead up to the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Earlier this year HM Treasury told non-protected departments, such as DCMS, to prepare for cuts of between 25% and 40% as part of the spending review.

The British Film Institute (BFI) was among cultural bodies bracing for cuts. …

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