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United Kingdom/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

The National Council for Council for Voluntary Organisations ( is an umbrella body that aims to give a shared voice to voluntary organisations.

Local citizens are likely to be more empowered as a result of the new Coalition Government's pledge that referendums on local issues can be triggered if at least 5% of them submit a petition. This could work both in favour or against local cultural organisations or projects, e.g. in relation to whether financial support should be increased, sustained or withdrawn.

Chapter published: 15-04-2011

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