COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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United Kingdom/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.3 Sector breakdown

Table 4:     State cultural expenditure by Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in thousands GBP, 2007/08-2009/10

Field / domain

2007/08
Outturn

2008/09
Estimated outturn

2009/10
Plans

I. Cultural Heritage

Historical monuments

167 078

161 042

156 008

National museums & galleries

337 256

374 365

372 839

British Library

106 480

106 947

95 464

Museums, Libraries & Archives Council

61 700

64 486

62 203

II / III Arts

Arts Council England

422 610

436 531

417 223

Public Lending Right

7 488

7 388

7 582

IV Books and Press (1)

V Audiovisual & Multimedia

117 927

128 504

141 326

VI Interdisciplinary

Cultural Relations (British Council only) (2)

189 462

200 963

200 763

VII Other

Regional Cultural Consortia (3)

2 149

2 412

-

National Lottery Commission

10 341

6 342

5 664

Source:      DCMS.
Notes:       This expenditure primarily relates to England.
1. Expenditure on literature and support for writers is included in the Arts Council England figure.
2. Refers to the grant to the British Council only. The grant comes from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and not the DCMS.
3. No figure is shown for the Regional Cultural Consortia in 2009/10 as they were abolished.

Northern Ireland

In 2009/10, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) had a planned Expenditure Limit budget of GBP 187.8 million (GBP 113.7 million resource and GBP 74.1 million capital). Not all of this related to culture. Those aspects which do are shown in the Table that follow.

Over 80% of the DCAL budget is allocated through the various Arms Length Bodies (ALB's), which in turn deliver a range of key functions and services to citizens. Libraries comprise approximately 20% of the overall budget and museums account for approximately 12% of the budget. According to DCAL, this oversight of a range of ALBs provides a significant challenge in terms of service delivery and accountability.

Table 5:     Revenue expenditure on culture and capital investment of the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, in million GBP, 2008-2010

Revenue expenditure on culture

Spending Area

2008-09

2009-2010 planned

Arts

17.1

18.6

Museums

22.7

22.6

Libraries

32.3

33.0

Cultural Policy

7.0

5.8

N/S Body - Languages

6.9

7.1

Public Record Office (NI)

4.5

5.4

NI Events Company

1.6

1.6

Total

92.1

94.1

Capital investment

Spending Area

2008-09

2009-2010 planned

Arts

11.4

10.6

Museums

1.0

0.7

Libraries

5.1

10.5

Cultural Policy

-

-

N/S Body - Languages

-

-

Public Record Office (NI)

12.3

14.3

NI Events Company

-

-

Total

29.8

36.1

Source:      DCAL.
Notes:       1. Refers to central government expenditure.
                  2. N/S refers to North/South bodies (i.e. involving Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland).
                  3. Excludes expenditure on sport, inland waterways and fisheries which also fall within the DCAL budget.


Chapter published: 15-04-2011

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