The grant that English Heritage receives from the government is to be cut by 32% as part of today’s government spending review. Baroness Andrews OBE, Chair of English Heritage has released the following statement
“We understand we must play our part in reducing the deficit along with the entire public sector. However, it is most disappointing that English Heritage’s grant from government will be cut by 32%, considerably more than the DCMS’s overall cut of 25%.
We will do all we can to protect those front-line services which people tell us they value most, such as the expert advice we give to local authorities within the planning system. Heritage is not only about places we visit - stately homes, grand castles and cathedrals. It is about where we live, and our everyday quality of life. Most of our heritage is cared for through the commitment of dedicated individuals all over the country but public funding is vital to support them and ensure that our heritage remains for future generations to enjoy.
The 32% cut to English Heritage’s grant from government will be exceptionally challenging to manage after years of funding decline - £130 million real-term cuts over 13 years. It will require us to make some tough decisions. We will work with the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure there is no overlap or duplication in the services we provide. We are proud that we generate over 25% of our income from commercial activities and we shall also look at ways to increase this amount to help us look after the collection of over 400 historic sites and properties which we care for on behalf of the nation.
We are pleased that the Listed Places of Worship Scheme will continue, albeit reduced, providing support for the congregations caring for historic places of worship and we will work hard over the coming months to minimise the impact on heritage of cuts to other sources of public funding.
We will make a further announcement following the meeting of our Commissioners on 27 October.”