On 26 July Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that 55 of DCMS’s arm’s length public bodies are set to be abolished, merged or streamlined. Among these are several within the heritage sector. The changes which directly affect our industry are
There has been some discussion about the possibility of merging English Heritage, CABE, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Churches Conservation trust under one roof, but this is currently just speculation. Chancellor George Osborne will announce the full details of government spending cuts on 20 October.
These changes will have an impact on our sector, and will inevitably lead to people, many of whom will be among our membership, losing their jobs. There is also the risk that if spending cuts go too far the historic environment will no longer be sufficiently protected. The Institute is currently monitoring the situation and will use its influence where possible. In order to best serve the membership however it requires the views of its members. If you would like to send us your views please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall collate responses.