NMDC response to Jeremy Hunt speech

25 June 2008


Leaders of Britain's major cultural institutions today welcomed support for philanthropic giving to UK culture as outlined in a keynote speech on Conservative Arts Policy by the Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP.

The speech outlined plans to:

  • Simplify and strengthen gift aid.
  • Remove the bureaucracy that prevents cultural organisations from recognising and acknowledging the generosity of their benefactors.
  • Explore how philanthropy can be rewarded through the honours system.
  • Look at what can be done to encourage lifetime giving.

In April, leaders of Britain's major cultural institutions joined together to launch a new manifesto, Private Giving for the Public Good, opening a nationwide campaign to encourage philanthropy. The campaign called for greater support to encourage a culture of giving and for wider recognition of the contribution made by cultural philanthropists.

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Read a full transcript of Jeremy Hunt's speech on the Shadow DCMS website.