Art Fund's response to the autumn statement
- 23 November 2016
Our response to the Chancellor's autumn statement.
Director of the Art Fund, Stephen Deuchar, said: 'We welcome news in the Chancellor’s autumn statement that spending on arts and culture will be maintained for the next four years and that the much needed tax relief for exhibitions will be extended to permanent as well as temporary and touring shows, which promises to save museums and galleries across the UK up to £5m in 2017 – 18 and up to £30m each year from 2018-22. Any contribution to museums from the £102m Libor fines is also good news.
'As the national fundraising charity for art, Art Fund is pleased to see the efforts of SAVE, the National Trust and our own members recognised by the government grant of £7.6m to Wentworth Woodhouse - one of England’s most important country houses – alongside other cultural capital and infrastructure projects in Plymouth and Southampton. However it is the relatively modest financial challenge of keeping our museums' operational costs properly covered where we now need the government’s leadership and support, especially those funded by local authorities such as the threatened New Art Gallery Walsall.
'Only then can we ensure everyone can access art and culture regularly, no matter where they live.'