MLA and UK Film Council Axed

26 Jul

Two big blows for culture today under the new governmental cuts to the DCMS.  Both the British Film council and the MLA (Museums Libraries and Archives council) are to be wound up by 2012 under Jeremy Hunt’s cost saving initiatives.

In a depressingly polite press release MLA chief executive Roy Clare has vowed to keep working up to the finish line which will see a number of his staff moved over to the Arts Council, having been informed of the decision to close his organisation as part of a “very civilised” phone conversation on Friday.  However,  his equal number at the UK Film Council, John Woodward, has been far more vocal and direct in his objections to the cuts calling the decision “a big mistake, driven by short-term thinking and political expediency”.

Next in the firing line: English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Perhaps a minute’s silence for public sector supported culture is called for.

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