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Our focus on engaging MPs continues but this time with a focus on the local picture. This resource is about engaging your local MPs with top tips, step by step guidance and some useful key facts.
Theatres are at the heart of our communities. Let’s shout about how much that matters. When our Councillors are taking tough decisions about how to spend our taxes, they need to know how much we value our local theatre’s work and role in the community. Let’s tell them – my theatre matters!
50p for Culture is a National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) campaign to safeguard and increase local authority investment in arts, museums and heritage. We elect councillors to make tough decisions about where to spend our taxes. They have no obligation to spend on arts, museums and heritage so we need to tell them that’s important to us. The average net spend by local authorities is only 16p per person per week. For every £1 spent by local authorities in England less than half a penny is spent on culture. Take action – visit 50pforculture.org to see what your local council spends on the arts. Find tools and ideas and more.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s Spending Review in November 2015, What Next? wants to make sure we reach as many MPs as possible to tell them about the impact further cuts to our sector will have. We hope that artists, audiences, organisations and individuals will write to their local MP to request a meeting, either at a constituency surgery, at an arts centre or even over the phone, to discuss the importance of culture in the local community and what will be lost with further cuts to arts and local government budgets. We want to tell our story in a way that resonates with MPs, especially Tory MPs, and that will help them understand our concerns quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with the hashtag #Arts4Britain.