The Department of Finance has published the National Recovery plan. Mary Hanafin’s statement can be seen here. The salient facts as they relate to the arts sector, as far as we know, are as follows:
These are being frontloaded in 2011 with a cut of €26 million. Final figures will be announced on Budget Day.€50 million will be saved over the remaining 3 years. Only €5 million of this €26 million will come from a reduction in allocations to cultural institutions and cultural projects. See below:
We checked with the Department today and we understand that the €5 million cut to culture covers Budget Lines D1-D10 in the annual budget . In other words €5 million has to be saved from across the following budget lines. How much eachwill be reduced by will be announced on Budget Day on Dec 7th.
The capital budget for the Department announced today remains healthy: €96 million in 2011 and €100 million in 2012. While this is spread between Tourism, Culture and Sport, the belief is, there is adequate funding for the Film Board in the capital budget. Sport appears to have been cut less than the Culture and Tourism budgets. Given that we were expecting worse, a €5 million cut is not as bad as expected. However it is worth noting that an additional €50 million in cuts, across the whole Department, over the following 3 years is needed. Worryingly, the Arts Council is specifically mentioned in terms of a reduction in allocation.
The cumulative impact of these cuts over 4 years is of course unknown.