Entrepreneurship will boost the arts, peer argues


On 12 February 2014, peers took part in a debate on financial help for arts and cultural organisations.

The debate was tabled by crossbencher Lord Mawson, founder of several community organisations, who said cuts to arts schools and reduced arts funding for local authorities posed "significant challenges".

"A new more entrepreneurial approach is essential if many arts organisations are to survive and thrive," he told the House, before focusing his remarks on the benefits of arts education for children from low-income backgrounds.

In June 2013 Chancellor George Osborne announced a 7% spending cut to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as part of the spending review.

The cuts, which were less than many arts organisations had feared, were outlined by the chancellor as part of his plan to help reduce the deficit.

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