Article in the Guardian

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Thu 4 Jan 2024 15.19 GMT

Arts organisations have called on Suffolk county council (SCC) to reconsider a proposed 100% cut to its culture budget.

As part of its plans to make £64.7m in savings over two years, the council announced on Wednesday that it will stop core funding of £500,000 to art and museum sector organisations from April 2025. A shared statement from local organisations affected by the decision said the cut would make an “extremely modest difference” to the council’s overall finances but have a “huge impact” on communities across the county.

Emma Buckmaster, Green party prospective parliamentary candidate for Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, said it was “a shocking proposal … that will do lasting damage to the arts in Suffolk”.

Full details of the council’s financial plans – which include a 4.99% increase in council tax – will be presented to its scrutiny committee on 11 January.

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