English Heritage to survive quango cull

English Heritage will survive the Tory quango cull, but must discuss any overlap with the Heritage Lottery Fund "as a matter of urgency", the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has urged.

English Hertitage may survive quango cull
English Hertitage may survive quango cull

As reported last month, a leaked government report named English Heritage, Visit Britain and Visit England among hundreds of government quangos with uncertain futures.

A full list of quangos confirmed for the chop is expected at midday today (14 October), but the DCMS has announced that English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will not be included. It added however, that ehy must discuss any overlaps in their roles "as a matter of urgency".

A DCMS statement reads: "The Government has decided not to proceed with a merger of heritage and architecture bodies in this Bill. Any future decision on changes which require legislation would be considered at a later date.  However, DCMS has asked English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as a matter of urgency, to identify and reduce any overlap of activities.

Baroness Andrews OBE, chair of English Heritage, said: "We welcome the Government’s conclusions that English Heritage should be retained. Both the Heritage Lottery Fund and ourselves will look further at how we can use our resources in a smarter way. We will set out a clearer understanding about our complementary skills and strengths to determine who is best placed to do what."

A further announcement is expected in eight weeks.

Organisations associated with the UK event and travel industries, including the Royal Botantical Gardens in Kew and Historic Royal Palaces along with Visit Britain and Visit England, both their futures labelled as ‘still to be decided’.

The full extent of the quango cull is expected at 12.30pm today (14 October). See C&IT's website for more details as they emerge.

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