This campaign has now ended. Seven Stories would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contacted Newcastle City Council, we have been overwhelmed by all the responses that we have received. We will keep you informed with any further developments.

Newcastle City Council is currently running a public consultation on proposals to make more than £90m of savings by 2016.

This includes a proposal to remove 100% of funding from many of Newcastle’s best known cultural venues and organisations, including Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books.

We know the City Council must make cuts and we fully expect to carry our fair share. We also know that every £1 we invest in culture attracts over £4 into the local economy. We are concerned that 100% cuts will seriously threaten the future of this great City.

If you agree please send the City Council an email now to ask that they:

• Reconsider their 100% cut proposal
• Work with the cultural partners and other important stakeholders like Arts Council England to find a way for culture to flourish here in the future.

Click here to find out what the proposed public sector cuts mean for Seven Stories.

Your opinion matters – please take part – you can make a difference.

You have until February 1st to make your voice heard.

To find out more and take part in the consultation visit:

www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/budget2016

To email your views to the Council click here now letstalk@newcastle.gov.uk   We have filled in a suggested email template, all you have to do is fill in your name and address at the bottom to show your support. Please feel free to add any additional comments, and do copy us in at info@sevenstories.org.uk .

Suggested Email Copy: 

I am writing in response to your budget consultation proposal to cut 100% of your funding to the independent cultural organisations in Newcastle, including Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books, by 2015/16.
The cultural life of Newcastle is important to me and is the envy of much of the UK. It is one of the things that makes Newcastle a great place to live and it creates the jobs and investment that we badly need by encouraging tourists to visit and business to set up here.

I know the City Council must make cuts. I don’t expect the Council’s funding of arts and cultural activity to be an exception.

But 100% is too much. If we lose these places we will never get them back.
So please reconsider this proposal to remove ALL funding from these organisations.

My name is:
My address is:
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