28 December 2018


New analysis from Scottish Labour reveals the staggering scale of cuts to culture under the SNP.

There has been more than £90 million worth of real terms spending cuts to cultural services across all of Scotland’s local authorities since 2011-12.

These cuts include:

• A £22 million reduction in spending for libraries;

• More than £5 million cut from museums and galleries;

• Almost £20 million removed from budgets for sports facilities;

• More than £30 million cut from community parks and open spaces.

Labour said the SNP government in Edinburgh taking Tory austerity and quadrupling it for local councils is entrenching inequality and lowering the quality of life for thousands of Scots.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Claire Baker MSP, said:

“The SNP government’s decision to pass on Tory austerity to our communities has resulted in multi-million pound cuts to cultural services across Scotland.

“Libraries aren’t just a free source of reading, they are often at the centre of people’s daily lives. “

“They are a place for everyone to learn, to study, to talk and exchange ideas, and can always provide a safe and welcoming environment for vulnerable people in our communities.

“These SNP-Tory cuts are entrenching inequality and damaging the quality of life for thousands of Scots.

“The next Scottish Labour government will use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to properly fund councils and ensure arts and culture are accessible to the many, not the few.”

More than £90 million worth of real terms spending cuts to cultural services across all of Scotland’s local authorities since 2011-12.

These cuts include:

• A £22 million reduction in spending for libraries;

• More than £5 million cut from museums and galleries;

• Almost £20 million removed from budgets for sports facilities;

• More than £30 million cut from community parks and open spaces.


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