13 July 2010
The Federation of Entertainment Unions is seeking an urgent meeting with the Department for Culture Media and Sport to discuss government spending cuts and their impact on the arts.
Gerry Morrissey, currently serving as the FEU's president, wrote to Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state, on 9 July urging him to provide an early opportunity for the industry's unions to make representations on the proposed cuts and their implementation.
Any cuts to this public subsidy must be considered carefully and made with regard to due process and in consultion with all stakeholders
"Currently the sector covered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport accounts for 10% of GDP. The success of the UK's creative industries today and the exciting new opportunities emerging in the sector, suggest that there is scope for the economic potential of our sector to grow substantially, but only if core funding for the arts and culture from public subsidy is stable and sustainable.
"Any cuts to this public subsidy must be considered carefully and made with regard to due process and in consultion with all stakeholders," Gerry Morrissey explained.
Key bodies face cuts of up to 25%
The government's emergency budget in May 2010 announced a cut in the Arts Council's budget for 2010/11 of £19million. I
In addition both the Arts Council and the UK Film Council have been warned to expect drastic cuts of up to 25% in their incomes from 2011 as a result of the Treasury's comprehensive spending review.
The FEU provides a forum for Actors' Equity, BECTU, the NUJ, the Musicians' Union, Unite, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Professional Footballers' Association to work together on issues of commom interest.