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the rocc report

Publication and provenance

Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital, an evidence based report addressing the balance of arts funding between London and the rest of England, was published on Thursday 31 October 2013.

The report has been produced – independently and at their own expense – by Peter Stark, Christopher Gordon and David Powell. The research reveals the extent of bias towards London in public funding of the arts provided by taxpayers and National Lottery players throughout England.

Endorsements of the report

"This report is timely, urgent and damning of an increasingly centralised funding process. London is simply eating up the resources, which are limited, and is therefore starving the rest of the country. This is wrong, short sighted and undoubtedly unfair. I think it is time that the rest of England fought back and I wholly support the contents of Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital."

Melvyn Bragg

"Three wise and experienced men have, at their own expense, produced a well-researched report that leaves no doubt about the wholly unjustifiable scale of bias towards London in the distribution of public and lottery funding of the arts. To their credit, they also offer a statesmanlike proposal for beginning to redress the balance without any additional call on public funds, and at a time when there is rising anger about policies that allow London – most especially affluent Londoners – to be underwritten at the expense of the rest of the country."

David Puttnam

Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital reviewed 6 months on
We are delighted that the RoCC Report - published six months ago - has been useful in stimulating and informing a widening and deepening debate on future policy for the arts and culture in England.

We accepted that data not available to us in relation to the benefit of touring from London to the rest of the country would need to be incorporated into our findings to enable a more accurate picture of the balances of benefit between London and the Regions to be drawn. Information recently been published in Arts Council England's report 'This England' and subsequent research by ourselves and Arts Professional editor Liz Hill now enable adjustments to be made to the data. The make a marginal difference to the numbers involved, allowing us to confirm the analysis and reaffirm the conclusions of our report.

NEW in APRIL 2014 : the PLACE Report
In April 2014, the RoCC authors published a new report (The PLACE Report: Policy for the Lottery, the Arts and Community in England) which provides further analysis on who contributes to and who benefits from the Arts Lottery in England. PLACE can be downloaded from here.


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