DCMS has announced this morning that there will be no further changes to heritage bodies following today’s announcement about cuts to QUANGOs. The release states
“We have decided not to proceed with a merger of heritage and architecture bodies in this Bill. However, DCMS has asked English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as a matter of urgency, to identify and reduce any overlap of activities.”
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Baroness Andrews, Chair of English Heritage has welcomed the Government’s conclusions that English Heritage should be retained as an organisation that provides valued technical advice, independent of Government.
Both English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund will look further at how they can use their resources in a smarter way. They will set out a clearer understanding about their complementary skills and strengths to determine who is best placed to do what.
A further announcement will be made in eight weeks once the outcome of the CSR is known and their Commissioners have had an opportunity to discuss the way forward.