Decision details

Arts and Culture Policy Framework

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To determine the Council's policy framework for its support for arts and culture


(Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility Councillor Clifford)


Cabinet received a report from the Director of Economic Growth and Regeneration, which sought approval of the Arts and Culture Policy for consultation.  The policy framework was designed to provide a means by which the Council’s support for arts and culture could be evaluated against corporate priorities and key quality criteria.


The options, options analysis, including risk assessment and officer preferred option, were set out in the report as follows:


Continuing without a policy in place offers no identified benefits. The lack of policy risks public funds being used to promote activities that either do not provide value for money or offer no material benefit. Introducing a policy based on evidence will ensure fairness and consistency in terms of allocation of funds and resources and will align the delivery of services with the Council’s priorities.


The officer preferred option is to agree the draft Arts and Culture Policy for consultation.


Councillor Clifford proposed, seconded by Councillor Hanson:-


“That the recommendation, as set out in the report, be approved.”


Councillors then voted:-


Resolved unanimously:


(1)          That the draft Arts and Culture Policy be approved for consultation.


Officer responsible for effecting the decision:


Director of Economic Growth and Regeneration


Reasons for making the decision:


The City Council invests and uses its resources to support arts and culture in the district.  The decision will enable the Council to establish the arrangements necessary to ensure the best possible results from its contributions in a way that is fair and transparent.

Report author: Anne Marie Harrison

Publication date: 12/03/2019

Date of decision: 05/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/03/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 19/03/2019

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