Liverpool City Council is meeting on 2 March to approve proposals to make dramatic budget cuts including to its arts budget. This will result in a number of council supported arts activities ceasing to take place (though some are protected for a year at least).
Following 28% cuts to local government funding in the spending review, all local authorities are reviewing their budgets. If you care about arts provision in your area and believe that artistic activity and opportunities should continue to be supported, you need to take action now.
There are three important things you can do to show decision makers how much you value the arts in Liverpool and why they should too:
1. Attend the meeting
It is important that as many people as possible turn up to support the arts in Liverpool. Good attendance from people who value the arts will show Councillors that the arts in Liverpool are vital, valued and should not be cut.
The full council will meet at 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 March in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool. Members of the Public may attend and there is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and make statements (these will need to be submitted in advance, contact the council – www.liverpool.gov.uk – for more information).
For the Agenda and other relevant papers, click here
2. Write to your councillors
If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still make your views known by writing to your councillors and giving personal reasons why the arts are important to you.