Culture funding should be mainstreamed across Government, MSPs find


The Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee is calling for more effort to go into mainstreaming culture and its funding across the Scottish Government.

In its pre-budget report, the Scottish Parliament’s Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee is recommending that the Scottish Government’s three year Spending Review should include detailed consideration of how budgetary decisions can support the mainstreaming of culture across the Scottish Government.

The Committee also recommends that this should be an outcome-based process based on the now established health and wider social benefits of cultural activity.

Speaking as the report was launched, Committee Convener, Clare Adamson MSP, said:

“Scotland’s culture sector told us clearly that they have endured a very difficult 18 months since the pandemic hit.

“As we now look to the future, we want to support the sector and the Scottish Government to find solutions which allow the sector to recover and simultaneously improve how we support cultural organisations.

"One key way we can do this is in emphasising an outcomes-based approach. We believe this would lead to a greater focus on embedding the culture strategy across all Scottish Government portfolios.  

“This would be consistent with the principle of collaborative government set out in the National Performance Framework, and Scottish Government’s ambitions for a well-being society.”


The Convener's letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture can be found here.

The National Outcome for culture is: “We are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely.”  Below those are four indicators intended to measure progress in meeting the National Outcome –

• Attendance at cultural events or places of culture;
• Participation in a cultural activity;
• Growth in the cultural economy;
• People working in arts and culture.

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