Letter: Arts goalposts

Sir: Your report on the Policy Studies Institute's recent study on funding of the cultural sector (Arts Notebook, 21 December) implies that the study has limited relevance because the Government has - through the Lottery - recently "moved the goalposts on arts funding".

An important objective of the study was to see whether this has indeed been the case. Its concentration on the year 1993/94 means it provides a baseline for judging what has happened - where the goalposts initially stood, how far they have been moved, if at all, and, if so, in what direction.

At an apposite moment, this is what the researchers intend to do.

BERNARD CASEY

RACHAEL DUNLOP

SARA SELWOOD

Policy Studies Institute

London NW1

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