Petition Tag - jeremy hunt

1. Kay Sheldon to remain on CQC Board

As a Non Executive Director at CQC, Kay Sheldon has repeatedly put her career and reputation on the line, fundamentally because she cared about the safety of patients and had grave concerns that the CQC were not adequately fulfilling its remit as the regulator of health and social care in the UK.

These are concerns that have now been widely accepted as being accurate and valid.

Kay Sheldon is now seen and widely respected as being on the side of patients and is trusted to speak with honesty and integrity. These qualities are a considerable asset to any organisation wishing to publicly demonstrate a commitment to openness and transparency.

2. Save the Arts

Radical cuts to current levels of arts funding will decimate what has been one of the UK's chief success stories over the past 20 years, and will bring an end to the UK's reign as a global capital for culture.

Arts organisations all accept the need to reduce their budgets. But while the arts can possibly sustain a ten percent funding cut, the 25-30% cuts that the government is currently considering would result in the closure of many smaller arts organizations and would also have a crippling effect on the functioning of the country’s leading arts venues.

The arts are a major employer, and they generate far more revenue than they cost to fund. In addition they are a major attraction for tourism in the UK. While cutting arts funding may save money in the short term, in the long run it risks undermining what has been one of the country’s most vibrant areas of growth over the past fifteen years, and destroying one of the national achievements that we should be most proud of.

3. Save the UK Film Council

"Since its creation the UK Film Council has been the cornerstone of the British film industry and the funder of most of the big cultural film initiatives – we have backed more than 900 films, shorts and features, entertained more than 200 million people and helped to generate approximately £700 million at the box-office worldwide"

The above is from the website of the UK Film Council.

The UK Film Council was founded in 2000. Since its creation the UK's core film industry has increased its contribution to our economy by 50% to £4.3 billion, and directly provides jobs for almost 44,000 people.

Attacking cultural spending in the face of economic hardship is short-sighted at the best of times, but unlike financial black holes such as the 2012 Olympics the UK Film Council represents an extremely wise investment by the last government. Every £1 invested by the UK Film Council generates £5 in box office revenues, and contributes to our reputation as a world leader in the field of contemporary cinema.

Please show your support for our superb film industry by signing the petition below and following the campaign at Best For Film, an independent cinema website helping to co-ordinate our efforts.

NB you can also show your support for the campaign on Facebook.