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Sea Change projects to go ahead despite cuts

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CABE’s seaside regeneration programme is still set to continue, despite government enforced cuts to its budget

The government watchdog has been forced to slim down its funding allocations to various local authority regeneration projects across the UK coastline.

Sarah Gaventa, director of public space at CABE, said: ‘As part of wider government savings we have been asked to make a three per cent saving to Sea Change this year. We have reduced funding from the large grants calculated on remaining payments. We believe the local authorities will respond to this challenge and successfully deliver innovative and exciting Sea Change projects.’

The relatively minor cuts to the large budgets mean most Sea Change schemes can continue regardless.

Nigel Atkinson of East Riding Yorkshire Council said: ‘The recent reduction by CABE to the Sea Change programme funding has reduced their £3m contribution to the £6.7 scheme by a very modest £13,821 which the East Riding of Yorkshire Council will now fund.’

Meanwhile the commission has stepped in to dismiss reports that the three-year ‘creative regeneration’ programme, which began in 2007, has somehow been canned by the government.

A CABE spokesperson said: ‘Any suggestion that Sea Change has been “scrapped” is nonsense - it was only ever intended to run for three years. It’s been very successful in funding cultural projects to help kickstart regeneration up and down the country - projects which would not have happened otherwise.’

See the attached table for a list of the exact cuts made to each Sea Change project.

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