Just released, a new PDF report from the Arts Council and the New Local Government Network. It covers topics such as: the dip in funding that comes via local councils (a 19% cut in the West Midlands, since 2010); the ongoing pressure on small museums; the move toward trusts, home-brewed fundraising and commercial ventures; and the need for better measurement of outcomes from local projects/investments. There’s no mention of Staffordshire or Stoke in the report, but Birmingham and the Midlands get some attention.