Arts Council staff to be cut

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More than 100 staff are to be axed from Arts Council England (ACE) as part of Government budget cuts.

The organisation was told to cut its administration costs by 50 per cent as part of the 2010 spending review which will see its annual budget drop from £449m to £349m by 2015.

It announced yesterday it was cutting staff numbers from around 559 jobs to 442 and reducing the numbers of executive directors from eight to four.

Chief Executive Alan Davey said: “We are protecting the relationship management and the artistic and cultural expertise we know our colleagues in the sector value but we must be pragmatic. We’ll do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well.”

The moves to the new structure begin next month and should be completed by July.