Spending review 2019: the chancellor's key points for tourism
19th September 2019
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