Labour leader pledges to raise spending on the arts

The BBC is reporting that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to pledge to raise government spending on arts and creative schools. 

All primary schools in England would get extra cash to fund arts activities under plans to be unveiled by Jeremy Corbyn at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. The arts “pupil premium” would be modelled on the existing top-up grants given to schools for PE and sport.

The Labour leader will pledge to raise government spending on the arts in line with the European average and boost participation among low-income groups. 

Speaking at world’s largest arts festival in the Scottish capital, Mr Corbyn will say that under his leadership Labour will draw on the country’s “proud cultural heritage” and give people from all sections of society the opportunity for their “creativity to flourish”.

“Drawing on Britain’s rich cultural heritage, Labour under my leadership will commit to extending access and participation in the arts to all people and all communities across Britain,” he will say. “There is creativity in all of us but we need to give people the opportunities for this creativity to flourish.”

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