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The DCMS announces possible abolition of UK Film Council and MLA

On the 26th July 2010, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, proposed that a number of our public bodies are set to be merged, abolished or streamlined. This is part of the Government’s ‘drive to cut costs and increase transparency, accountability and efficiency.’

Posted: 10/03/2022

Public bodies affected include:

• Abolishing the UK Film Council and establishing a direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute.

• Abolishing the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to focus efforts on front-line, essential services and ensure greater value for money. The Government states that support for museums, libraries and archives will continue.

• Merging UK Sport and Sport England.

Further proposals include:

• Abolishing the Advisory Council on Libraries and winding up the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel.

• Declassifying the Theatres Trust so it can act as an independent statutory advisory body.

Areas the Government is also looking at include:

• Our responsibility for heritage and the built environment, and considering the role and remit of English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

• Considering the role of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

• Discussing with the Church of England the merits of declassifying the Churches Conservation Trust.

 The DCMS full press release are available online. 


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