Free museum entry pledged to 2011

Backing success, investing to increase participation and promoting creativity

A generous funding settlement for the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), which will allow continued investment in the arts and cultural sectors, has been announced today by the Government.

This builds on record investment in arts and culture over the past 10 years so that an even wider range of people will benefit from high quality cultural experiences.

This settlement will also help to ensure that DCMS’ sectors continue to thrive and flourish, maintaining the UK’s reputation for cultural and sporting excellence. It will enable the Department to:

* maintain funding for real terms growth for arts, museums and galleries, including maintaining free access to national museums and contributing to the Cultural Olympiad;
* deliver an improved offer of five hours of high quality PE a week for all children aged five to 16, and three hours of sport for those aged 16 to19, in conjunction with the Department for Children, Schools and Families; and
* contribute to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including a sustainable sporting legacy.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, James Purnell, said

“Arts, culture and sport are at the heart of the Government’s mission to develop talent and provide opportunity for all. Over the next three years, thanks to a generous funding settlement, we will ensure that these sectors continue to thrive and flourish, maintaining the UK’s reputation for cultural and sporting excellence.

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