Cuts threat to North East arts clubs

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ARTS and heritage groups are facing a double whammy of spending cuts, which could be disastrous for their future.

The Culture Select Committee fears that many North East organisations could fold, as swift and drastic cuts are brought to bear by both central government and local authorities.

Smaller groups and those located outside bigger urban areas are vulnerable, particularly as many of the funding reductions are being implemented quickly, the committee says.

The report said: “Across the board, we acknowledge the concerns of arts organisations about the reduction in arts spending by local authorities, in combination with spending cuts from the Arts Council, and we note that the impact of this ‘double whammy’ could be disastrous for some arts bodies.”

The committee also stress the importance of preserving the region’s heritage as “once lost, it is gone forever.”