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United Kingdom/ 1. Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments

The new government (May 2010) has announced significant structural changes to the cultural support system.

United Kingdom/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

UK Film Council to close and responsibilities to be transferred in March 2011.

United Kingdom/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy

2.1 Main features of the current cultural policy model

Creative Scotland was created in 2010 to replace the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.

United Kingdom/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration

3.2 Overall description of the system

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will no longer be responsible for funding local arts.

United Kingdom/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends

From 2014 the BBC will take over the BBC World Service with likely reductions in output.

United Kingdom/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

A three month cultural festival costing 75 million GBP will run alongside the Olympic Games in 2012.

United Kingdom/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

New immigration rules are impacting on cultural workers entering the UK.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

Arts Council England recruited 300 experts in 2009 and 2010 to provide peer assessment of funded organisations.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

A Parliamentary committee on arts funding will report in 2011.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

An Arts Council fund of 40 million GBP will help protect arts organisations in the recession.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

A report on Measuring the value of culture recommends clear guidelines.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Possibly 250 libraries will close due to local authority cuts.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

The Welsh Assembly Government's first strategy for museums to operate from 2010-13.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

Museum's body to be abolished in 2012 and responsibility transferred to the Arts Council.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes

The first interactive map of the UK's creative industries was published at the end of 2010.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.10 Gender equality and cultural policies

Women remain under-represented and underpaid in the cultural industries with a 20% pay differential.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

A Parliamentary Committee will conduct an inquiry into intellectual property rights online.

United Kingdom/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

Derry-Londonderry will be the first UK City of Culture in 2013.

United Kingdom/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

Arts Council Wales is withdrawing funding to 32 organisations.

United Kingdom/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.5 Tax laws

There will be a Treasury led review of tax incentives in 2011.

United Kingdom/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.6 Labour laws

In 2011 a review of laws relating to performances by children is expected.

United Kingdom/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

A Digital Economy Act was passed in 2010.

United Kingdom/ 6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

A new strategy to stimulate philanthropy for the arts was announced in December 2010.

United Kingdom/ 6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will lose 25% of its funding over four years.

United Kingdom/ 6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

The Arts Council budget for 2010/2011 was cut by 4% in May 2010 and will loose 29% over 4 years.

United Kingdom/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure

7.1 Cultural infrastructure: tendencies & strategies

Arts and Business organisation to close in 2012 despite pledge to increase private sector funding.

United Kingdom/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

A significant increase in arts engagement in Wales can be seen between 2005-2010.

United Kingdom/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education

8.3.1 Institutional overview

2 million school children were to benefit from a music programme in schools in 2009-2010.