The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation. The document proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. That translates as an 11.2% cut to direct public funding for the arts. This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors. It follows on the back of six successive cuts, including two this year alone, and would set the Arts Council’s budget back a decade to below 2005/06 levels.
Currently the NI government invests just 13p per head of population per week in direct funding for the arts. To put that into context, the annual arts budget would sustain the Health Service for less than one day. Yet this relatively tiny investment in the arts of 0.1% (1/1000th) of total government spending brings BIG returns for Northern Ireland. Please take a look at the evidence.
We are urging everyone to ACT NOW, to engage in the consultation process on the draft budget for NI and make your voice count before Dec 29th 2014. http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/budget
We want a fair deal for the arts. That means: No More Cuts to the Arts Budget in 2015-16
To help you to support the case for no more cuts to the arts, the Arts Council is providing:
- A sample response which you can copy, edit and submit as part of the consultation process.
- An online petition which you can support and share
- Evidence to support the case for 13p for the Arts
- A campaign news release and short videos with Roisin McDonough and actor James Nesbitt
An Advocacy Guide has been prepared for those working in the arts and culture sectors.
Follow the campaign online using #13pForTheArts.
More details with links and downloads on the Arts Council Northern Ireland website here.