We summarise 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.

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.

Summary

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.

Reduced funding

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.

Key findings

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.

You can access the detailed slides here, or visit Vocal Scotland’s site for more details on how to download the full report.

Watch for these upcoming research summaries, which we’ll be publishing on Mondays throughout August:

World Cities Culture – Finance Report 2017

Principles for Effective Social Regeneration

Evidence Review: The Social and Economic Impact of Innovation in the Arts

D’Art Report 52: Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century

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