Covering many bases, this White Paper can be seen as the culmination and consolidation of twenty years of cultural policy. It presents Government foundation principles regarding the rights of children and young people to access, make and participate in the arts; the social role of the arts; attitude to new technologies; investment, resilience and reform; diversity; and the political dimension – the deployment of culture as international ‘soft power’. Announces some new initiatives but no new core funding for the arts, and is vague about delivery mechanisms, but it does reiterate clearly Governmental belief in the value of the arts to society.
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- March 2016