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Conservative UK Film Council plan criticised

Jeremy Hunt has come under fire for careless decisions.

Jeremy Hunt's decision to cut bodies such as the UK Film Council has been accused of being careless in an investigation by the National Audit Office.

It claimed that Hunt failed to execute detailed investigations into costs and benefits, which led to uninformed conclusions. Furthermore, the office found that the Department of Culture, Media & Sport had a history of planned overspending of money alotted to arm's length public bodies.

The Arts Council, Sport England, and the British Library were among the 55 bodies which the DCMS announced cuts and mergers for last year, as well as the UK Film Council who recently celebrated the Oscars succeess of The King's Speech, which it helped fund.

Among the accusations is that the DCMS apparently didn't enquire as to the full costs of closure for the public bodies facing cuts. In the case of the UK Film Council, it would be £11.3m including lease cancellation and redundancies, whereas its annual administration budget at the moment is only £3m.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.