Bad, very bad but not unexpected given that we have a Tory government (plus a few lib-lackies who should be ashamed of themselves)
Commenting on the coalition government’s decision to end the Find Your Talent programme with immediate effect, Paul Collard, Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), said:
“We are very disappointed with the government’s decision to cut the Find Your Talent pilot cultural offer which has already benefited hundreds of thousands of children and young people across the country.
“Since its launch in 2008, Find Your Talent has helped young people to get work experience in the fast-growing creative industries including radio and TV and develop new media or craft skills as well as given them the chance to learn musical instruments, perform on stage, attend performances and experience the great cultural heritage of the country.
“Culture can transform communities; strengthen families; increase community cohesion and play a significant role in social and economic regeneration. In the longer term, this programme would have yielded important learning about how such impacts can be delivered most effectively.
“Moving forward, any local Find Your Talent projects that have already been committed to will continue. And at CCE we are determined to use the lessons already emerging from Find Your Talent pilot to date and build into our continuing work to ensure that all children can experience and access the diverse range of cultural activity that England has to offer. Access to cultural opportunity is too important to be an accident of geography or the privilege of a minority.”
Creativity, Culture and Education (www.creativitycultureeducation.org) is the national charity that manages the Find Your Talent pilot cultural offer for all children and young people.