Share

Arts Council England to lose one-fifth of staff

Arts Council England to lose one-fifth of staff
News

Arts Council England to lose one-fifth of staff

Finance | Celina Ribeiro | 31 Oct 2012

Arts Council England is to lose 21 per cent of its workforce and halve the number of executive directors as part of a restructure responding to government demands to cut its administrative costs in half.

Arts Council England will lose 117 of its 559 current staff members and will reduce the number of executive directors from eight to four as of 1 July next year in order to adhere to government requirements as part of its funding of the council for the 2011-15 period.

The North region will take the biggest hit in terms of staff cuts, reducing staff from 91 to 66, while the investment, planning and governance staff numbers will nearly halve and corporate services will lose nearly 20 jobs. The change in structure has been discussed over a consultation period with unions, staff and the sector at large.

In 2010 the new coalition government announced a 29.6 per cent drop in funding to Arts Council England, resulting in the organisation cutting funding to numerous groups. The government is requiring the council to make cuts in administrative costs of 50 per cent, on top of the 15 per cent reduction made two years ago.

Alan Davey, Arts Council England chief executive, said: “These savings have been challenging to achieve, given our already pared down structure.”

In addition to staff changes, the new structure will see a consolidation of areas covered, which will be London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands and the North. Property costs are planned to be cut by half as a result in the reduction in office sizes.

The new structure will mean that everyone has a local and national focus, with expertise in art form and cultural policy spread across the regions.

“There is an absolute need for the Arts Council to remain an intelligent investor, leading growth and ambition in an arts and cultural sector which contributes so much to the wealth, quality of life and reputation of our nation,” said Davey.

“We are protecting the relationship management and the artistic and cultural expertise we know our colleagues in the sector value but we must be pragmatic. We’ll do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well.”

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Age UK spends £1.8m in latest round of redundancies

21 Oct 2014

Age UK spent £1.81m on 120 redundancies in 2014, on top of £1.17m last year, as part of a review of...

Stand Up To Cancer raises over £14.5m

21 Oct 2014

This weekend's Stand Up To Cancer event has raised over £14.5m so far, and that figure is continuing...

Charities 'must continue to fight for the right to influence policy'

20 Oct 2014

Civil society organisations must not give up the fight to influence policy and governments, the international...

Demonstrate effectiveness or risk losing public trust, charities told

24 Oct 2014

Charities must demonstrate their effectiveness better to the public or face losing trust, David McCullough,...

Volunteers no longer happy to 'do what they are told', says report

24 Oct 2014

Volunteers now expect more from their experience and charities must do more to recruit and retain them,...

Relationship between government and charity 'has lost its way', says Nandy

23 Oct 2014

There needs to be a rebalancing of the relationship between the voluntary sector and government, shadow...

BeatBullying's technology CIC has not filed accounts with Companies House

22 Oct 2014

A software community interest company set up by the BeatBullying Group in 2012 is almost a year late filing...

Blackbaud launches online giving platform for individual fundraisers

17 Oct 2014

Blackbaud has launched its online giving platform, everydayhero, for fundraisers in the UK in a bid to...

Don't dismiss social media 'slacktivists', fundraisers told at IFC

16 Oct 2014

Charities should embrace and love charity ‘slacktivists’ because social is a great ramp for new donors,...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance