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Cuts to CBA funding
The following message has been posted by Mike Heyworth of the CBA via the Britarch message service:

'2 March 2011 -

CBA grant funding

The CBA received confirmation yesterday that our grant funding from the
British Academy is to be phased out over the coming five years.

This funding stream has been pivotal to the work of the CBA across the
UK for over fifty years and in the current financial year the grant
totalled UKP 306k - some 25% of the CBA's income. The British Academy
has now told the CBA that this grant will be removed by 2015-16 with a
significant year on year decline starting in 2011-12: see the British
Academy's statement <>.

CBA President, Dr Kate Pretty CBE, said

"We deeply regret the British Academy decision to cut funding to the
CBA, particularly as this decision was not forced by reductions in its
own grant from Government, but was a strategic choice by the Academy in
spite of their praise for the continuing high standard of our work."

"We will continue to develop our relationship with the British Academy
as the CBA has much to offer, especially in maximising the impact of the
academic research which the British Academy supports for the humanities
and social sciences."

CBA trustees met to consider the financial position of the charity in
January. The decision was taken to make some early adjustments to the
broad programme of work which the CBA had planned for the coming years,
and to focus more effort in the short-term on developing a sustainable
financial platform with an expanded membership of the CBA and its Young
Archaeologists' Club. The CBA is grateful for the extra financial
support from the British Academy for the restructuring programme which
will allow us to maximise the efficiency of our back office systems and
provide a wider range of payment options to members in the coming
months. We are also working with external consultants to improve the
communication of our membership offer and the wide-ranging work that we
will continue to undertake in the coming years.

The CBA's new five-year strategy for Making Archaeology Matter
<> remains highly relevant and
the trustees of the CBA maintain a strong belief in the value of and
need for the CBA's work. A challenging new action plan is now being
prepared to ensure that the CBA's most important priorities are taken
forward, despite the withdrawal of funding announced by the British
Academy. CBA trustees regret that restructuring and a reduction in the
CBA's staffing is now needed and a statement giving further details will
be issued in due course.

Please show your support for the Council for British Archaeology today'.

With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...

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Cuts to CBA funding - by kevin wooldridge - 3rd March 2011, 01:22 PM

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