Heritage at Risk 2013
English Heritage (EH) has published its latest survey of listed buildings and important historic sites which it deems to be at risk. The number of entries on the register, 5,700, is less than in 2012 (5831) but the cost of repairs needed has increased. The average difference between the estimated cost of repair and end use value is now £450,000. In 2012/2013 EH offered over £10m in grants to help repair buildings which were on the register. Read more
Beyond the High Street report
The Centre for Cities has published a report –Beyond the High Street- which says that the focus on High Street shops has resulted in a lack of action to help wider city centres to attract and retain a wide range of jobs and to adapt to a changing economy. Read more
Loss of local authority conservation staffing
A new report by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), supported by English Heritage, shows a continued decline in local authority conservation staffing with a reduction in 4% in 2012, part of a “devastating 33% cut since 2006”. Read more
Responses Scotland’s HES and HS-RCAHMS merger
The Scottish Government has published the responses to its Historic Environment Strategy and the proposed merger of Historic Scotland (HS) and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). The consultation period ended on 31st July.
Health and participation in culture linked
A new report from the Scottish Government says that cultural activities such as dancing, reading or visiting historic sites and museums can have health benefits. The report is based on the results of household surveys and adds to evidence from other research that people who participate in sporting and cultural activities are more likely to report that they are in good health and are satisfied with their life than those who do not. This remains true when factors such as age, economic status, income, education, area of deprivation and long term illness are taken into account. Read more
Regional cities outperform the largest
A report by management consultancy PwC in conjunction with think tank Demos shows that medium sized regional cities throughout the U.K. are outperforming the largest (London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester) for economic success factors which the general public value, and quality of life. The highest ranking cities are Reading and Bracknell, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Southampton and Cambridge.