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COUNCILS DELIGHTED WITH CULTURE COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP

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The announcement of the membership of the culture commission has been welcomed by the Convention of Scottish Local ...
The announcement of the membership of the culture commission has been welcomed by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, describing it as well balanced representation of interests within the sector.

COSLA also said that any concerns it had regarding the review process have now been addressed and it looks forward to working closely with the commission over the coming year in developing a cultural environment befitting 21st century Scotland.

COSLA president Pat Watters said: 'As by far the major provider of cultural services in Scotland, local government warmly welcomes the commission's commitment to make its first formal meeting with COSLA.

'Local government has much to contribute to the work of the commission and it is therefore heartening to see such strong local authority representation on the Commission itself.

'As the minister has indicated, local government's involvement will not end there and COSLA will seek to establish its own work streams to further support the work of the commission.

'The culture commission faces a huge challenge over the coming year and it can count on COSLA to provide all the support it can to help meet that challenge as successfully as possible for the benefit of culture in Scotland.

'The culture commission could be another example of where, when central and local government work together, they deliver better for the people of Scotland. It is important that we take this chance and develop a strong partnership between the national and local levels in determining Scotland's cultural future.'

Scottish Executive press release follows:

Eight appointed to Culture Commission

Scottish ministers have agreed to appoint eight new members to the independent commission chaired by James Boyle, which started work on 1 June.

The culture minister appointed composer Craig Armstrong; George Black, chief executive of Glasgow City Council; Gordon Jeyes, director of children's services, Stirling Council; Brian Lang, principal, University of St Andrew's; Shonaig Macpherson, senior partner McGrigors; Colin Marr, Eden Court Theatre; Lucy Mason, chief executive of Dance Base; and businessman Ian Ritchie.

Frank McAveety said:

'The commission's members are highly experienced people from diverse backgrounds who understand Scotland's rich and complex cultural landscape, and we are fortunate to have their services.

'I expect them to employ innovative and radical thinking, particularly in developing new ways of getting people involved and I look forward to receiving 21st century solutions for a sustainable future.

'Our future support for culture must make sure the sector is working at its most effective and harness all available resources to deliver best value.'

The Executive has allocated a budget of£478,000 to support the commission for up to 12 months.

In addition to the commission members, a range of other people from various sections of the cultural community will be brought together in small working groupsto consider specific issues. COSLA will put in place arrangements to feed in views from the local government sector.

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