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100 British arts groups face chop because of cuts

100 British arts groups face chop because of cuts

British officials say more than 100 arts organizations could lose their funding because of government spending cuts aimed at tackling the country's huge deficit.
The Arts Council of England must cut 15 percent from the amount it gives to art, music, theater, dance and literary groups by 2015. It says all 850 groups it funds will have to reapply, and it anticipates "more than 100" will be cut off.
The nonprofit council disburses several hundred million pounds (dollars) a year in government funds. It said Thursday that instead of "salami-slicing" the same amount from everyone, it wanted to create a smaller but stronger portfolio of groups.
The government plans to slash 81 billion pounds ($128 billion) from public expenditure over the next four years.


Updated : 2021-04-23 19:54 GMT+08:00