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MK describes art funding bias to London as “shocking”
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has condemned the shocking bias towards London in the allocation of public funding for the arts.

A new independent report titled “Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital” states that:

  • In 2012-2013, Arts Council England distributed a total of £320m of taxpayers' money. London received £20 per head of population, compared to £3.60 per person elsewhere.
  • In 2012-2013, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport distributed £450m of public funding to “major national cultural institutions.” London received £49 per head of population compared to just £1 per person outside the capital.
  • Taken together, the figures show that for every sixteen pounds of taxpayers' money allocated to the arts in 2012-2013, fifteen pounds went to London.
  • The distribution of Lottery funding also significantly favours London. Arts Council England has had responsibility for £3.5 billion from the National Lottery since 1995, of which London received £165 per head of population compared to £47 elsewhere.
A statement from Mebyon Kernow called for a fairer geographical distribution of the funding. It states:
“The figures are truly shocking. Such inequity in funding cannot in any way be justified, and central government needs to deliver a fairer geographically distribution of arts funding.”
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Published on 4th November 2013.

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