Cuts will devastate county’s culture

mandy smallLabour Shadow Spokesperson for Localities, Cllr Mandy Gaylard, has expressed her concern about the damaging cuts to culture and the third sector in Suffolk following the release of the names of organisations due to have their income slashed by Suffolk County Council.

Further details have been unearthed by the Labour Group about where the proposed £300k cuts will hit following the budget proposals from the Conservative administration running the County Council.

Cllr Gaylard is hugely concerned that these cuts will irretrievably damage the long term viability of a number of organisations that help boost tourism and create jobs across the county.

Cllr Gaylard said “Whilst it is easy to target culture for so called savings these new cuts will undoubtedly lead to some organisations having to close their doors. In a county that boasts a rich cultural heritage it is a disgrace that the council have taken such a short sighted view of the impact culture has on jobs, economic development and tourism in the county”.

She continued “Organisations such as Dance East, the Wolsey Theatre, the Museum of Anglia Life, Gainsborough’s House and Aldeburgh Music are all under threat as these further cuts bite. I for one will not let these cuts go un-noticed”.

Suffolk County Council is proposing to cut £33,500 from its culture grants budget, with the proposal that all grants will see a further cut of another £15,000 as there is no increase to take into account inflation.

The biggest cut in the Culture and third sector budget is to LEAP who will be hit to the tune of £115,000. Leap provides free training to help adults gain the right skills of the workplace.

Councillor Mandy Gaylard (Lab), Shadow Spokesperson for Localities
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Notes to Editors
Papers for the Scrutiny Committee can be found at Committee

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