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Arts Council urged to use £1m unspent funding

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:50 UK time, Friday, 1 October 2010

The Arts Council of Wales has been urged by arts groups to spend £1m of unspent funding that it is considering using as a safety net against future Welsh Assembly Government cuts.

The organisation has said it will decide how to spend the money, which stems from leftover funds from an arts scheme that ended earlier this year, in December.

But some Welsh arts groups have urged the Arts Council to spend the money. Wiard Sterk, director of Safle, Public Arts Wales, which is closing down within the next two weeks, said: "It's a bit of a surprise to learn that the council has £1m left.

"I would hate to think of that money being kept back to deal with cuts - that is a very regressive approach for the arts."

Read the full story by Darren Waters on the BBC Wales News website.

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