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Issue No 529 £2.00

1 June - 14 June 2010

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DCMS announces plans to cut expenditure by £88m

By Pete Hayman

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has confirmed it will reduce expenditure by £88m in 2010-11 as part of government spending cuts totalling £6.2bn. The saving plans will lead to

a 3 per cent cut in its core budget and a 3 per cent reduction to sector bodies. The Olympic Delivery Authority's budget will be cut by £27m. Meanwhile, a further £5m is

set to be cut from Arts Council England's (ACE) budget, although the DCMS will work with the organisation to allow it to access historic reserves to help mitigate the reduction.

running costs so the vast bulk of our income goes straight to art," she said. "It would therefore be impossible to meet a cut of this size from running costs alone." News of the DCMS' planned

Hunt has called for frontline services to be protected despite cuts

Culture secretary Jeremy

Hunt said: "I have asked our bodies to make these savings while protecting frontline services and without interrupt- ing the Olympic programme.

However, ACE chair Dame Liz

Forgan said the agency could not guarantee there would be no impact on frontline services. "Only £23m of our overall grant-in-aid budget goes on

Museum unveils Battle of Britain 'beacon' project

RAF Museum proposes major new landmark exhibition building in North London

By Pete Hayman

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum has unveiled plans to develop a new landmark exhibition building dedicated to the Battle of Britain in Hendon, North London. Under the proposals drawn

up by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the proposed Battle of Britain Beacon will feature a tapered body and is set to be 116m (350ft) high – taller than Big Ben. The beacon project, which

has been revealed ahead of the



The landmark new building is set to be taller than Big Ben

70th anniversary of the Second World War battle, aims to allow wider access to the museum's collection of wartime aircraft.


An exhibition using audio-

visual and holographic displays will set the scene for the battle and the Blitz, before visitors are transported to the top to stand amid a reconstructed dogfight. Plans also include a viewing

platform overlooking London. Visitors will then be transported back down to ground level, with the story of the battle told via exhibits in the central well. The museum has launched a

consultation, while trustees confirmed the scheme will only go ahead if required private sector funding can be obtained.


spending cuts for the coming year comes after Hunt announced that the arts, heritage and sports sectors are set to receive an additional £50m of funding each year. Hunt said new legislation is

to be introduced in order to increase the share of National Lottery funding that is directed towards each sector to 20 per cent in 2012-13, with the Big Lottery Fund receiving the remaining 40 per cent share.

FA and 2018 chair resigns

Lord Triesman has resigned as chair of both the Football Association (FA) and England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, following alleged comments published in a national newspaper. FIFA vice president

Geoff Thompson has been appointed to lead the 2018 bid, following Triesman's departure, while Roger Burden and David Sheepshanks have been named joint acting chairs of the FA.

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