SEFM paid a visit to York Art Gallery, which reopened on 1st August, and what a wonderful treat it was!
Amidst the gallery's decision to charge for entry, York Mix asked York Museums Trust to respond to the questions and concerns of local residents.
'As you may be aware York Museums Trust (YMT) and the City of York Council had an agreed funding arrangement from the period of 2013 until 2018. This was that YMT was paid £1.2 million per annum in core funding by the council.
The £1.2m was paid in 2013-14.
In 2014-15 CYC broke the agreement and paid only £1.1m
In 2015-16 CYC has gone much further and is paying only £600k
In the period 2016-19 council officers have indicated that there are likely to be further cuts.
This is predicted to be an 80 per cent cut.
YMT’s cash reserves are depleted from £1.2m to c£500k, which is less than one month’s expenditure, including salaries, and only a third of a prudent level.
YMT’s future sustainability is now heavily dependent on ticket and membership sales.'
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