Groups query culture cash

Heritage should not be marginalised in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) spending plans, government advisers have warned.

The comprehensive spending review has offered the department increases in resources to £1.8 billion by 2010-11 and capital expenditure to more than £2 billion in the next three years.

English Heritage chairman Lord Bruce-Lockhart said that culture secretary James Purnell has a "golden opportunity" to reverse previous equivalent cuts in funding to around £100 million in the past decade.

A DCMS spokesman said "As it is flat-rate settlement, it does not mean everyone is going to get the same." A clearer picture will emerge later this month, he added.

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