Dear Andy Burnham……

Convener(s): Nick Sweeting

Participants: Various

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

Following our Minister for Culture’s announcement that the Comprehensive Spending Review would be revised a year early we determined to write to him.

Some of us will draft a letter – put it on the Ning for comment – and then e-mail everyone with a template which they can embellish and forward to Andy Burnham if they wish.

Cutting the Arts budget, we feel, would have three main impacts – social, economic and political.  The draft letter will include a couple of pointers on the social and economic impacts – with the political impact being for Andy Burnham to think about how many votes it will lose him when his seat is up for grabs at the next election……..

200 letters would be better than just one from me!