It’s started. We all knew it was coming. Whichever government had won the election, the arts were going to be faced with pretty bracing cuts.
The only difference with the Tory/Lib Dem coalition is that the cuts have started now rather than in the autumn, when they almost certainly would have been just as big an issue under a Labour government.
Following Jeremy Hunt’s sweetener - his welcome speech to assembled arts bigwigs at the Roundhouse last week - we’re now hit with the bad news. Arts Council England has to find £19 million of in-year cuts to its 2010/11 budget.