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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 07/12/2020 - 18:30

The Arts Council England Strategy for 2020-2030 “Let’s Create” outlines a vision for the country in which everyone has access to cultural experiences. The strategy is built around three outcomes - creative people, cultural communities and a creative and cultural country. It has four investment principles - inclusivity and relevance, ambition and quality, dynamism, and environmentalism. The strategy also outlines the role of the Arts Council for the next 10 years including building capacity at the local level and providing platforms for public debate and maintaining strong partnerships. 


A series of funding streams were announced for the culture and arts sector in England in response to the global pandemic. In July 2020 an emergency financial package for the arts and culture of £1.57 billion was announced by the Treasury, the Culture Recovery Fund. The government announced that this was the single largest, one-off investment that has ever been made into culture in the UK. This package includes:

  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

In November 2020, DCMS announced £14 million “lifeline grants” for England’s heritage sites from the Culture Recovery Fund.