A survey of councillors – most of whom were Conservatives who hold the leading positions in local government – has identified that museums, galleries and leisure are emerging as the top targets for local government cutbacks. This is all about the quality of life and, in particular, the quality of the cultural life available in the wider community, especially those not able to afford expensive admission fees.
Whilst Mayor Boris Johnson has not gone as far as his local government colleagues, he has recently called for more “voluntary” admission charges and has said that people should feel more obliged to pay (or should that be shamed into paying?).
These are all straws in the wind, but they start to give some idea as to where Tory cuts might fall ….