LGA responds to local authority Investment in museums report

“Councils need a fair and sustainable funding settlement in the upcoming Spending Review to ensure they can continue to fund these essential community services and deliver against the Government’s plans for Levelling Up.”


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Responding to the Museum Association’s new report on Local Authority investment in Museums, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:  “Museums play an important role in local communities. They bring people together to contribute to our sense of place, share new ideas, support town centre economies and instil a sense of local pride. Councils run more than 350 museums in England and support many more across every region in the country; forming the backbone of our national cultural infrastructure.

“Funding for museums and other cultural services has been affected in recent years by rising pressure on council budgets and growing demand for statutory services like social care, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Councils need a fair and sustainable funding settlement in the upcoming Spending Review to ensure they can continue to fund these essential community services and deliver against the Government’s plans for Levelling Up.”

View the local authority funding report on the Museum Association's website