Cuts Watch #75: No more free swimming
DCMS have issued a press release documenting further cuts that will be made in the Department. These include the cancellation of free swimming.
Free swimming was planned as an Olympic Legacy – but charges will now be re-instated across the country as £40 million is cut from the programme.
Further cuts at DCMS include:
- £17 million from the Stonehenge Visitor Centre
- £45 million from cancelling the new British Film Institute Film Centre
- £100,000 from ‘A Night Less Ordinary’: a programme that provides free theatre tickets to young people aged under 26
- £2 million from ‘Find Your Talent’ which provide young people with involvement in arts and culture
- £2 million per year from library modernisation work (which appears to be spread over six years, given the overall cut is £12 million)
- £2.5 million from the British Film Institute’s digital access project.