DCMS 2015-20 plan focuses on participation and economic growth - Museums Association

DCMS 2015-20 plan focuses on participation and economic growth

Plan to support free entry, Northern Great Exhibition and Manchester Museum India Gallery
Patrick Steel
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published its single departmental plan for 2015-20, focusing on economic growth and participation.

Under the plan the department will be “exploring the case for introducing new tax reliefs” for museums, maintaining free entry, supporting a Great Exhibition in the North, and helping the Manchester Museum - in partnership with the British Museum – to establish a new India Gallery.

The DCMS also aims to deliver a national programme of world war one commemorations, further the UK’s "soft power" influence through culture, boost tourism throughout the regions, and extend the reach of the Government Art Collection at home and abroad.

The department will also look to make further spending cuts over the period, with arms-length-bodies such as national museums and the arts council subject to a 1% year-on-year efficiency target against total grant-in-aid funding until 2020.

The focus of the plan fits approximately with the themes of access and financial resilience being explored in the department's culture white paper, due to be published this year, and a number of these initiatives featured in today's budget announcement.

But there is no mention of the Big Society, nor of philanthropic giving, key priorities in the department’s plan for 2012-15.

Since the publication of the 2012 plan, the department has shrunk by over 50% and moved from its old office on Cockspur Street to share premises with the Treasury at 100 Parliament Street.

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