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SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE ACCUSED OF CULTURAL SNUBBERY

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The Scottish Executive has been accused of snubbing local government in its plans for a year-long review of art and...
The Scottish Executive has been accused of snubbing local government in its plans for a year-long review of art and culture in Scotland.

Ministers risk losing valuable local perspective on arts provision because they failed to give councils proper warning of the scope of the independent commission's review, said the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

'Local government, as the single most important provider of cultural services, understands better than anyone the benefits these services can bring,' said Graham Garvie (Lib Dem), arts and leisure spokesman for COSLA.

But a spokesman for the Executive said councils were given 'fair warning' of the review when it was confirmed by first minister Jack McConnell in November.
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