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Arts Development UK Local Authority Arts Spending Survey

In this critical time for local government, with budget cuts continuing to hit most services, it is imperative that we maintain our intelligence on the financial situation for arts services. We have been collecting financial data the last 6 years, but 2012/13 will see our members face major challenges that we need to document and record. We have already heard of intended closures ahead, and we need your help to document the current status of each authority as we head to the new financial year.

 We also want to record your active partnerships and the contribution that arts make to the life of your communities. In this way we can work with our partners to demonstrate the worth of our sector and to advocate for future support.

 It is most important that we achieve as complete a picture as possible of the challenges that you are facing. We also want to record success stories to give a balanced perspective of the year we are heading towards. We are therefore sending the survey to both member and non-member authorities.

 We need you all to complete a questionnaire, which is available on Survey Monkey at: We need accurate information from you so that Arts Development UK and other national bodies can continue to advocate for local arts delivery. Please try to answer every question, but if you can’t don’t worry – we’d rather have what you can answer than nothing at all. The survey will be open till Friday 4th May 2012, so if your budget settlement is not yet known, you will have time to report your answers in the new financial year – but please remember to do so. Many thanks for your support in this vital matter.