Creative Scotland's budget to fall 3.6%

Creative Scotland's budget to fall 3.6%

The Scottish government's draft budget has revealed that Creative Scotland's funding will be reduced by 3.6% to £32.2m in the financial year 2016/17, Herald Scotland has reported.

The budget will see reductions in spending for Scottish arts organisations from £56.7m in 2015/16 to £52.6m for the financial year 2016/17. At present funding for Creative Scotland is £33.4m.

A spokesperson for Creative Scotland said: “Creative Scotland’s discretionary Grant in Aid budget for 2016/17 will be reduced by 3.6%. While we made a strong case for something more positive, we appreciate that the Scottish government had difficult choices to make. Creative Scotland will now look closely at how we apply our reduced budget for 2016/17, both in terms of our own operations and the Grant in Aid funding that we disburse, much of which is used to support Regularly Funded Organisations across Scotland."

While the draft budget presents funding for Creative Scotland for 2016/17 at £32.2m, a reduction of 3.6%, it is understood that senior staff at the body are preparing themselves for a deeper cut of between 5% and 10%.

The government budget document says that the government promises to "invest in Scotland’s cultural infrastructure" and highlights that the 'Creative Industries' contribute more than £5bn to Scotland’s economy.

The government has said it will support in the region of £4m for non-national museums, galleries and libraries.

A spokesperson for the government said it was doing all it could to protect "Scotland’s culture and historic environment, to ensure our diverse and evolving cultural scene and rich heritage continue to thrive."

He added: "Of the overall budget reduction a significant amount is capital reduction. It is important to note that part of the decrease in the capital budget is due to the progress of different capital projects, completed or where the capital spend has already been allocated. For example, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Rockvilla Development.

"We are maintaining our commitment to free access to our national collections to ensure everyone has access to culture, recognising the wider social, health and economic benefits that art and culture brings every day to individuals and communities and continuing to invest in grants to performing arts organisations and historic environment."