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Councils’ culture spending down £250m in 2011/12

6th December 2012

Local authority funding for theatres in England and Wales fell by 6.3% in 2011/12, according to newly released government data. The figure is revealed in Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing in England: 2011 to 2012 Final Out-turn, which also shows that – over the same period – councils’ overall net spend on culture has fallen by £250 million, or 7.8%, between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

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DCMS cut by £34m in Autumn Statement

6th December 2012

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget will be cut by £34 million over the next two years, under plans announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today.

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Plans for £4.5m Greyfriars Arts Centre in Ringwood

6th December 2012

The proposed £4.5m Greyfriars Arts Centre in Ringwood would have a 250-seat theatre and cinema that doubles as a large social venue. A project group led by Ringwood and District Community Association (Greyfriars) and Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society (RMDS) has submitted the plans for the arts centre, which would replace the dilapidated Greyfriars Activity Centre next to the library and Blynkbonnie car park.

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Protest group hires lawyers in battle to save Nantymoel’s Berwyn Centre

6th December 2012

A group fighting to save the Berwyn Centre has called in the lawyers over the council’s decision to tear down the historic community hub. The Save the Berwyn group announced that they had instructed Bridgend firm David and Snape to act for them in a possible last-ditch legal challenge to save the 110-year-old Ogmore Valley building.

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TMA to open up membership and consider name change

6th December 2012

All individuals working in theatre management will be eligible for membership of the Theatrical Management Association from 2014 as part of an internal review of the organisation, which is also considering a name change.

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Bury St Edmunds: Theatre chairman want to “keep door open” for Apex partnership

5th December 2012

A source at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds has described the presentation of plans to merge its management with the Apex as “not acceptable” – but is not ruling out a future partnership. Proposals to amalgamate the management of the theatre and the Apex to reduce costs and to “focus” the town’s art scene have caused widespread controversy.

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Blog: What the chancellor's autumn statement means for the arts

5th December 2012

George Osborne, the chancellor, has announced in his autumn statement that the DCMS is to be cut by £12m in 2013-14 and £22m in 2014-15 blogs Charlotte Higgings for The Guardian On Culture Blog.


Autumn Statement: £1bn for school funding

5th December 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to spend almost £1bn on schools over the next two years. Unveiling his autumn statement today, Mr Osborne said the money would fund 100 new free schools and academies – alongside investment to expand good schools in areas with a severe shortage of school places.

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Andrew Dixon resigns from Creative Scotland

4th December 2012

Creative Scotland has announced that Andrew Dixon will step down as chief executive with effect from January 2013.

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New 235-seat theatre proposed for London's Shoreditch

4th December 2012

Planning application: 2012/2768

The London Borough of Hackney has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the erection of a 6-storey building, together with the conversion of one residential unit (Unit 27), for use as a 325-seat theatre, with cafe and events/exhibition space (opening hours 08.00 to 23.00 on any day and with one late opening of up to 02.00 on the last Friday or Saturday in a calendar month) at 4-6 New Inn Broadway and 27 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3PR.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


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