The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) was announced on 20 October, with cuts to the heritage sector higher than expected. Among the worst of the cuts were a 32% cut for English Heritage, and a 20% cut for the Churches Conservation Trust. CSR states that funded bodies will have to cut back on non-essential services and administration budgets over the Spending Review period.
While this is going to be a difficult time for everyone in the sector, HTF believes we need to pull together as a galvanised unit and find approaches that continue to deliver for, and to protect, our heritage. Increased partnership and community engagement, alternative funding solutions, and maximising public support will be our challenge over the review period.