Hmmm… it seems I was right to be wary about accepting about recent headlines about a ‘rise’ in arts spending. DCMS admits its arts funding figures are wrong, says The Stage

Exclusive: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been forced to admit to a series of embarrassing errors after an investigation by The Stage revealed it had been mistakenly overstating the amount of money given to the arts by government – at both this spending review and over the last ten years – by millions of pounds.”

And out of whatever the real funding rate is, after the spin and endemic use of dodgy statistics have been untangled, the arts will still be asked to pay for the cultural and arts programme of the Olympics. It’s starting to look like the ‘rise’ was actually just a cleverly disguised cut.