- Cuts in John Swinney’s budget has stripped £5m from the National Companies, and £7.3m from the National Libraries and Museums. A further £7.7m has been cut in Creative Scotland’s annual settlement. http://www.scotsman.com/news/budget-scots-culture-funding-cut-by-20m-1-3...
- New Revenue of can be raised locally with the application of a discretionary ‘Overnight Visitor Levy’ Visit Scotland figures for 2014 show 64.29m nights, if these were taxed at £1 per night this would raise £65million. Areas with high visitor numbers can balance out against areas which have a more fragile tourist economy.
- New Revenue to reverse Swinney’s cuts to the national companies and galleries can be raised by the application of a £4 visitor levy on air passenger duty. Counting only passengers from outside of the UK, Visit Scotland’s figures for 2014 are 2.4m overseas tourists which could generate £9.6m. This figure would be much higher assuming the charge was applied to arrivals from elsewhere in the UK in addition.
- The cost of increasing cultural activities in Schools is well within the figure of £65m raised with an overnight visitor levy, £20m of this can be allocated to this scheme and Councils would have power to raise additional revenue by adjusting the levy rates.
- The cost of increasing funding to Creative Scotland is well within the figure of £65m raised with an overnight visitor levy, £21m of this can be allocated as funds ring fenced for activities across the length and breadth of Scotland. Councils would have power to raise additional revenue by adjusting the levy rates.
- The cost of providing an Intermittent Work Scheme for workers in the Creative industries is calculated at £24m. In reality this figure will likely be less, since some artists will already be claiming job seekers allowance. The calculation is based on the 102,000 (UK Gov, DCMS, 2015) employed in the Creative Industries* (3.9% of all employment in Scotland and larger than employment in the energy industry), applying the Scottish rate of unemployment of 6% (ONS, Jan 2016) and calculating for those 6120 people an equivalent payment of job seekers allowance at the higher rate of £73.10 over a very conservative figure of 52 weeks per year (full unemployment as opposed to intermittent) which gives a figure of £23,263,344 rounded to £24m. This figure is well within the estimated £65m which can be raised through a locally applied ‘Overnight Visitor Tax’. In the context of a total tourism spend in Scotland of £4.8bn this small tax is feasible and is unlikely to have any negative impact on tourism. Indeed, the benefit of increased cultural activities across Scotland as a result of this extra revenue will make Scotland a more attractive place to visit.
- Total exports from the Creative Industries growth sector stood at £2.9 billion in 2014, accounting for 3.8 per cent of Scotland’s total exports (Scot Gov, Growth Sector Briefing – Creative Industries, Feb 2016)
- The predicted reduction in GP visits as a result of good health associated with culture participation has a value to society in that it leads to costs savings for the NHS of £5.07 (audience member in the arts), £2.59 (visiting heritage sites), £1.05 (visiting libraries) and £1.89 (visiting museum) per person per annum. (Source: UK Govt Research, ‘Analysis to Value the Health and Educational Benefits of Sport and Culture’)
- The predicted reduction in the use of mental health services as a result of good health associated with culture participation has a value to society in that it leads to costs savings for the NHS of £6.84 (audience member in the arts), £3.50 (visiting heritage sites), £1.42 (visiting libraries) and £2.55 (visiting museums) per person per annum. (Source: UK Govt Research, ‘Analysis to Value the Health and Educational Benefits of Sport and Culture’)
*Scot Gov Growth Sector Briefing counts 68,000 employed in Creative Industries, due to different methodology (SIC2007 codes versus SOC codes used by the UK gov study which reaches a higher figure because it explicitly counts occupations in the crafts sector as well as actors, entertainers, dancers and musicians, exactly the occupations we aim to support with our scheme)
Breakdown of Intermittent Work Scheme Costings:
JSA equivalent over a whole year: 73.10 x 52 = 3801.2
Unemployment rate: 6% unemployment rate Scotland ONS 2016
Number of workers in Scotland’s Creative Industries (UK GOV 2014): 102000
Estimated unemployed in Creative Industries: 102000 * 0.06 = 6120
Estimated cost of unemployed in Creative Industries to be paid a JSA equivalent over a whole year: 23,263,344
Rounded estimate of cost of Intermittent Work Scheme: £24m