Cuts Watch #150: Cultural Bodies
Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport has announced the abolition of the UK Film Council, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Advisory Council on Libraries and the Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites. UK Sport and Sport England are to be merged, as are the National Lottery Commission and Gambling Commission. “Key” functions of the bodies being abolished will be transferred to other organisations.
Mr Hunt announced that the government is still considering the role and remit of English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The future of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment also remains undecided.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council represents museums and libraries helps them achieve high standards; it advises Ministers on the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, where objects are offered to the nation in lieu of Inheritance Tax. It has 127 staff.
The Advisory Council on Libraries advises the government about the library service in England. The Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites it advises the government on whether wrecks should be given protected wreck status; it is based in English Heritage, which provides secretariat services.