Union Dance in Pimlico affected by Westminster Arts Budget Cut
By londononline | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 14:39
Labour councillors in Westminster have condemned proposals by Westminster City Council to cut the whole of its Arts budget which will affect Pimlico's Union Dance programme which provides classes in choreography, dance styles, health and fitness to young people (16-25 live), who work or study in Westminster. Union Too, the youth arm of the professional company Union Dance, provides regular dance training sessions for Westminster young people at Pimlico Academy .
Labour councillors have asked the Culture Secretary Maria Miller, to step in to stop Westminster Council axing its entire £350,000 Arts and Culture budget.
Writing to Maria Miller, Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
"I am writing to ask you to use all your considerable influence with your colleagues on Westminster City Council to stop the Council from cutting its entire £350,000 a year budget for Arts and Culture over the next two years.
The current programme is designed to give the most vulnerable residents of Westminster – the young, those with disabilities and the elderly – an opportunity to improve their lives through the arts and through culture. The cut of £350,000 represents 0.4% of the Council's spending.
The whole city will be poorer through the loss of these innovative projects. It is short-sighted of the Council to reduce community access to Westminster's wonderful array of world-class arts and culture. If anything, we should be making more of these magnificent cultural facilities and arts organisations on our doorstep, rather than reducing access to them for children, young people and the elderly".