They listened to the Minister (who said no). They listened to the European Commission and the sector (who said yes). And they asked the Minister to reconsider.
The UK’s House of Lords Committee scrutinising the Creative Europe proposal from the European Commission came out firmly in support. Their letter to the Minister says….
” .. we received compelling evidence from the cultural and creative stakeholders…about the economic and social benefits provided by EU funds to UK organisations and to the cultural and creative sectors across the EU more broadly. We also note that the Commission’s proposed increase constitutes only a fraction (0.002%) of the overall allocation for the next MultiAnnual Financial Framework for the period 2012-14. In the context of the domestic funding cuts for this sector and taking account of UK organisations obvious capacity for attracting EU funding and notwithstanding the Government’s declared negotiating stance of achieving a real terms freeze across the next MFF, we would urge the Government to review its approach to this funding proposal”.
They were also (politely) critical of the Ministers’ failure to attend meetings with other Culture Ministers. I woonder what they would think if they read my article of the UK Culture Ministers failure to sign the Decalogue for Culture (leaving it to a Business Minister)
The Minister has ten days to reply.