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cCLOA Financial Settlements for Culture & Sport 12/13: survey summary

62 local authorities responded to CLOA’s recent survey and the headlines include:

  • This year no specific service area has been immune to budget reduction. The services hit hardest, with cuts exceeding 15%, once again include arts, sports development, sport and leisure facilities, with museums joining the ranks of services under the squeeze.
  • Based on returns, we cautiously estimate that there has been in the region of a loss of over 2800 jobs nationally from the sector, with cuts notably affecting front line services such as libraries, leisure centres and development posts in arts, museums and sports.
  • Community grants are still taking a share of the pain with 55% of local authorities implementing a reduction in at least one service area compared with just 30% last year.
  • Driving up income – 27% of respondents had introduced a charge significantly higher than the current RPI in one or more area; with a number of authorities opting to introduce charges for services and activities that were previously free.
  • Additional income has been secured through strategic commissioning and 70% of the authorities responding to this question cited that they had been successful. Working to deliver outcomes for PCT’s/Public Health/Health & Well-being Boards has generated the most opportunities.
  • In terms of capital development, all of the responding authorities confirmed they would be making some investment (above £500k) in at least one area of provision over the next 3 years.

You can now download the full report  from the cCLOA website.