Following our update on Budget 2012 on 7 December, some additional figures have come to light. The following table shows the cuts in 2011 vs. 2010 and also 2012 vs. 2011 and also how these cuts look over two years.
|Item||2010 Spend||2011 Estimated Spend||2011 vs 2010 +/-||2012 Budget||2012 vs 2011 +/-||2012 vs 2010 +/-|
|Irish Film Board||€19,272||€18,431||-4%||€15,690||-15%||-19%|
|Regional Museums & Galleries||€4,420||€4,297||-3%||€4,165||-3%||-6%|
|Cultural Infrastructure & Development||€16,491||€8,265||-50%||€4,350||-47%||-74%|
|IMMA, Chester Beatty Library, National Concert Hall, Crawford Gallery||€14,069||€12,896||-8%||€11,870||-8%||-16%|
Notes: All € figures refer to thousands. Culture Ireland had an additional one-off grant of €3 million to run Imagine Ireland in 2011. The National Gallery is currently undergoing refurbishment and while it remains open there is a significant impact on its public programme and events.
There was some confusion over the level of cut to the Arts Council as Minister Deenihan mentioned a cut of 2% rather than 3% in his speech in the Dail. The 2% cut refers to the Arts Council current budget only which is going from €64,317,000 in 2011 to €63,100,000 in 2012. The Arts Council’s capital budget on the other hand is dropping by 83% from €850,000 in 2011 to €141,000 in 2012. The above table shows current and capital combined and the result is that the overall cut to the Arts Council is 3%. The Arts Council reaction is here.
Similarly, he spoke of a 4% increase for the Irish Film Board. This increase refers to the Film Board’s current budget which is going from €2,431,000 in 2011 to €2,540,000 in 2012. Crucially, though the Film Board’s capital budget is decreasing by 18% going from €16,000,000 in 2011 to €13,150,000 in 2012. The above table shows current and capital combined and the result is that the overall cut to the Film Board is 15%. You can read their reaction here. You can have a look at full figures on the Department site.
Finally thank you so much to all of you who have written to us since Wednesday evening. We are always happy to hear from you all and it’s only through working together that we can continue to make a coherent case for the Arts. We will be back in touch in January with news on our plans and strategy for 2012. In the meantime, hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and new year and thanks again for all the support in 2011 – it means a lot.