Cardiff Council agrees cuts to culture - Museums Association

Cardiff Council agrees cuts to culture

Cardiff Story funding slashed by £220,000
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Rebecca Atkinson
Cardiff Council has voted in favour of proposals to make £50m worth of cuts, including reducing the Cardiff Story Museum’s funding by up to £220,000.

The vote means the museum’s budget will be restructured. Deleting two vacant posts – audience engagement officer and research officer – will save the council £40,000 a year, while a new operating model will save about £180,000.

The council says it will secure savings “through [the] introduction of a slimmer operating model with skeleton staff and static display, co‐staffed with the Tourist Information Centre and through use of volunteers”.

Other changes to cultural services in the budget include an increasing the admission price for Cardiff Castle by £1 (from between £9.50 and £11 for individual tickets); axing the in-house exhibition progamme at St David’s Hall cultural venue; and closing Cardiff Central Library on Wednesdays.

Councillors also voted in favour of a proposal to reduce the Artes Mundi Prize corporate grants by 10%. The move, which will save £221,000 a year, will mean 14 organisations will no longer receive grants, including the Chapter Arts Centre.

A restructure of management posts in the council’s sports, leisure and culture department will be undertaken to achieve savings of £150,000. In total, more than 600 roles across the council will be deleted.

The changes made in the budget come into effect from 1 April. In a statement, Cardiff Council said it will need to cut around a further £92m of spending over the next three years.  

It added: “The council’s cabinet has worked hard to ensure that the impact on front-line services is minimised through a variety of mechanisms, which include adopting different and more cost effective ways of delivering services […] Of the £50m being saved next year, less than £7.5m is the result of direct spending cuts on services.

Heather Joyce, Labour councillor for Llanrumney, announced the day after the budget vote that she would be standing down as leader of Cardiff Council due to her husband's ill health.

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