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Spending review 2019: the chancellor's key points for tourism

The results of the  Government’s one-year spending review have been announced: basically a £13.8bn increase in government expenditure concentrated on Policing, Justice, the NHS and Education.


DCMS funding is being increased from £1.5bn to £1.6bn - a 4.1% increase in real terms for the department’s resource budget.

 Within this the highlights are:

  • continuation of the Discover England Fund to promote inbound tourism and showcase visitor destinations across England (I’m awaiting clarification of the actual funding amount)
  • £60m for the Great Campaign (this is through DIT)
  • An additional £46 million for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games
  • inflation linked increases for the national museums and galleries, Arts Council England, Sport England, Arts Council England and Sport England
  • DCMS being asked to produce plans for a youth investment fund to pay for more youth centres

Other tourism relevant expenditure includes:

  • A 3.3% increase (£452m) for DEFRA for environmental protection including £30m of new money to tackle air pollution and £30m towards preserving biodiversity.
  • £241 million from the Towns Fund in 2020-21 to support the regeneration of high streets, town centres and local economies
  • £275 million for maintaining rail infrastructure in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20
  • over £200 million of increased funding to transform bus services, making best use of technology and promoting decarbonisation
  • additional £20 million to support delivery of Defra’s replacement for the CAP in England, which will prioritise environmental outcomes


 Kurt Janson

Tourism Alliance

Spending review 2019: the chancellor's key points for tourism