This is a good read. It is a changing landscape for local authorities as they continue to grapple with cuts and manage further reduction in funds locally.
The value and participation of the arts can play an important role in achieving outcomes for local authorities BUT it is true, we still have a long way to go to achieve a level playing field, recognition and value. A valued role much earlier in the conversation and not just at the commissioning stage to achieve outcomes and impact for ALL members of the community.
The Baring Foundation has a new report on local authorities, arts and older people entitled “The Role of Local Authorities in Creative Ageing”. The report contains a number of case studies from around the UK. The report can be downloaded on the foundation’s website or here: Local authorities and creative ageing