Cardiff Story Museum faces a £220,000 cut to its budget

Cardiff Story Museum facing £220,000 cut

Geraldine Kendall, 18.02.2014
Museum to operate with skeleton staff and volunteers
Cardiff Council is proposing to cut Cardiff Story Museum’s funding by up to £220,000 in its budget saving plan for 2014/15.

The reduction would mean deleting the posts of audience engagement officer and research officer at the museum, both of which are currently vacant.

According to the budget plan, the cut would also mean that the museum will operate with “skeleton staff and static display, co-staffed with the Tourist Information Centre and through use of volunteers”.

A council spokeswoman said she could not comment on whether the proposed operating model would impact on any other areas of museum activity until the plans have been confirmed by council vote.

Council leader Heather Joyce said the local authority had been obliged to find an "unprecedented" £50m savings this year due to UK government cuts. The council estimates that £9.2m of that amount will have a direct impact on public services.

Other culture services across the city are also affected, with the council proposing to increase the admission price for Cardiff Castle, axe the in-house exhibition progamme at St David’s Hall cultural venue and close Cardiff Central Library on Wednesdays.

A consultation into the proposals closed last week and the council will vote to set the budget plan on 27 February.

Joyce said: “Unfortunately and inevitably some of the things we have put on the table will have a direct effect. No one wants to be in this situation and it has been very difficult to bring forward some of the proposals but we have to balance the budget.”


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