As researchers ourselves, we keep an eye out for relevant research coming from other sources. This piece begins a short series summarising some of the important papers that have been published so far this year.
We’re kicking things off with a survey of culture and sport in Scotland, by Ekos. This study was commissioned by VOCAL and Sporta Scotland, in partnership with Creative Scotland and Sportscotland.
The survey looked into how culture, sport and leisure services are delivered by Scottish local authorities and ‘arms-length organisations’ (ALEOs). In addition, the study reviewed Scottish Government data on local government expenditure.
Overall, Culture and Related Services (including sport and leisure) have seen a 7.5% reduction in funding between 2014-15 and 2016-17. Breaking this down, there was a 4% reduction in Culture funding and a 9% reduction seen in Sport. Dive into the report or summary slides to examine the full details of changes to funding.
The study focused on how councils and ALEOs are responding to a challenging environment. But the good news for our sector, is that the authors found that slashing culture and sport budgets will not deliver necessary savings. They surmised that allowing these services to decline will cause significant costs to communities in the future.
Watch for these upcoming research summaries, which we’ll be publishing on Mondays throughout August: