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DCMS keeps heritage funds tight

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English Heritage (EH) looks set to miss out again on muchneeded government funding when its new budget is officially announced next week.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), the main sponsor of the organisation, has already warned that there will be no financial windfall for EH.

'The emphasis will be on healthy living and sport-related activities and we are reducing expectations within the cultural sector, ' he said.

Anthea Case, chair of Heritage Link, has written a letter to the DCMS secretary of state Tessa Jowell to express her concern.

'Any further squeezes will cut into EH's current activities and stop it from doing the job it needs to do, ' Case said in her letter. 'Most worrying is the fact that it is quite difficult to see what the real thrust of the government policy is towards heritage.'

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