Wednesday, 16 January 2013

News - Museums Sheffield Faces 10% Budget Cut

Museums Sheffield is facing cuts of £200,000 a year from April as Sheffield City Council looks to make at total of £50m in savings.

Museums Sheffield currently receives £2m a year from the council. It is finalising its business plan and will make an announcement on how it will deal with any cuts in the next fortnight.

Kim Streets, chief executive at Museums Sheffield, said: “We are aware that Sheffield City Council has been tasked with finding significant savings in the forthcoming year and are currently in negotiation over a reduction to Museums Sheffield’s annual grant.

"Over the coming weeks we’ll be working with the council to finalise plans that address the challenges ahead while continuing to safeguard the city’s museums and galleries for the people of Sheffield."

Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: "We provide significant financial support to Museums Sheffield, which runs the city's three venues: the Millennium Galleries, the Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum.

"We appreciate all the hard work that Kim Streets and the rest of the team have undertaken to minimise the impact of reduced funding on their programmes. We recognise the challenge for Museums Sheffield and all our cultural partners posed by the current restricted funding environment."

The council will vote on the proposals in March.

Museums Sheffield underwent a restructure last year, which saw 45 redundancies, following the loss of £800,000 Renaissance funding and a £328,000 cut in its 2011/12 budget from Sheffield City Council.

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