Sheffield MP calls for more arts funding

Paul Blomfield
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Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield is leading the fight to bring more arts funding to cities and towns outside of London.

A call to ‘redress the balance’ has been made after the findings of a report revealed the capital gets 15 times more Government cash towards culture and arts than the rest of the country.

Rebuilding our Cultural Capital shows London got £68.99 per head in 2012-2013, while the national average outside of the capital was £4.58.

Meanwhile, Sheffield suffered a £1.4million cut to its Arts Council funding.

Mr Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, told Parliament: “The report contains figures showing what we already knew – but in much starker terms.

“Arts funding from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Arts Council is tilted massively towards London.

“Add to this the disproportionate cuts to local authorities in the most deprived areas and disproportionate levels of private investment between London and the regions.

“The Government should be redressing these imbalances, not exacerbating them.”