National Campaign for the Arts Budget 2013 Summary for the Sector

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Budget 2013 was announced yesterday.

Here are the top-line notes from the macro figures of The Expenditure Report for 2013:

Overview of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allocation

  • The Overview of Departmental Expenditure indicates that expenditure under the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will be €260 million in 2013, a cut of 5.4% across the Department. This will consist of €222 million in current expenditure and €38 million in capital expenditure.
  • However the Summary of the Net Expenditure details €255.69 million (including the National Gallery), so we have requested clarification from the Department of how this additional €43.1 million is made up.
  • The Programme Expenditure for Arts, Culture and Film was €132.3m in 2012, reduced down to€125.4m, a cut of 5% in 2013.

Breakdown of Funding Allocations

The Expenditure Report for 2013 does not provide full breakdowns of funding allocations. 
However, in the meantime, we can confirm the following directly from the Department's Press Office:

  • €60.7 million funding for the Arts Council for 2013. This is a cut of 4% from 2012 funding which was €63.24 million. Minister Deenihan has confirmed that this amount will be allocated from current, capital and European Presidency funding.
However the 4% reduction is at the lower end of the cuts scale.

We will confirm the funding allocations to the Irish Film Board, IMMA, National Concert Hall, National Museum, National Archives, National Library and Culture Ireland as soon as that information is made available. 

High levels of programme activities that refer to the Arts are:

  • EU Presidency Culture Programme delivered at home and abroad
  • Support in spending programme for The Gathering initiative
  • Ongoing management and operation of National Cultural Institutions
  • Fostering cultural tourism, including the provision of support to the Abbey Theatre, events such as the Wexford Opera Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and a wide range of local festivals.

Other notable items

  • Section 481, Film Tax Relief Scheme extended until the end of 2020. This has been welcomed by the Irish Film Board and you can read their statement here.
  • Simplification of the scheme of tax relief available for donations to charitable and other approved bodies, including the introduction of a blended rate of relief of 31%
  • The increase in Universal Social Charge exemption level from €4,004 to €10,036 is a welcome one for part-time workers in the arts and other sectors too.

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