BREAKING: Museums Sheffield will keep council funding

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Museums Sheffield is set to keep its current level of Sheffield Council funding for the next financial year to help the trust cope after losing out on a bid for £4.2 million of Arts Council cash.

Opposition Lib Dem councillors proposed a motion at this afternoon’s full council meeting that the current annual grant of £2.044 million should stay the same for next year - which was accepted by the authority’s ruling Labour group.

Freezing the council grant for the next three years had been a condition of receiving the Arts Council money but after the bid for funding was lost, the council could have made a cut. Money for other trusts, including Sheffield Theatres, is being reduced.

The boost comes as a redundancy notice was issued for 45 of Museum Sheffield’s 107 staff on account of the Arts Council’s rejection.

Museums Sheffield is bidding for a share of further Arts Council funding to be announced in September.

See tomorrow’s Star for full story.