Prime Minister’s speech to the Conservative Party conference

The Prime Minister has set out her plan to help people achieve ‘the British dream’ in her speech to the Conservative party conference. The Prime Minister explicitly referenced the importance of the north’s industrial heritage – stating ‘Cities like Manchester were the pioneers that fired the industrial revolution, helping to make Britain the workshop of…

Prime Minster sets out Brexit vision in Florence

Speaking about her Brexit plan in Florence the Prime Minister made a commitment to continue working in ways “that promote the long-term economic development of the continent”. To this end, she said the UK would want to continue to take part in specific policies and programmes, such as educational and culture, “which are greatly to…

Heritage Counts: Heritage and the Economy published

Heritage Counts has published Heritage and the Economy. This summarises findings from studies on heritage and economic activity and also introduces new research: the Heritage Economic Impact Indicator Workbook 2017. The findings have also been summarised in a set of regional heritage economy documents: Headline findings are: Heritage tourism generated £16.4 billion in spending by…

Wellbeing Inequality report

What Works Wellbeing has published Drivers of wellbeing inequality. A briefing summarises the key points. Although the research wasn’t specifically looking for a link between heritage and wellbeing, it found one. The report has important findings for the sector: “Higher levels of engagement in heritage activities and the use of green space for health or…

European Commission proposes far-reaching reform of the EU VAT system

The European Commission has launched plans for the biggest reform of EU VAT rules in a quarter of a century. The Commission proposes to fundamentally change the current VAT system by taxing sales of goods from one EU country to another in the same way as goods are sold within individual Member States. It will…

Celebrating 50 years of conservation areas

September 28th marked 50 years since the very first conservation area came into being in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Five decades on, there are now 10,000 conservation areas in England; at least one in every local authority. To mark this special anniversary, Historic England is carrying out new research and campaigning to raise awareness of these important…

Natural Capital Committee advice on government’s 25 year environment plan

The Natural Capital Committee has published its advice and recommendations on what the Government should consider in developing their 25 year environment plan. It includes the NCC’s thoughts on what the plan should aim to achieve, how it will do that and what success will look like. However, heritage does not feature in the proposed…

New report on farming post Brexit

The Wildlife and Countryside Link coalition of 27 organisations, including the National Trust and CPRE [Alliance members] have argued that the current rules (CAP), are outdated and over-complicated. They fail to adequately support and reward farmers for managing land in a way that benefits wildlife, helps improve water quality and provides flood prevention. The report…

Latest taking part survey results published

The latest results from the Taking Part adult and child surveys were published on 28th September 2017. These statistics cover the period April 2016 to March 2017. Adult Report In 2016/17, 74% of adults had visited a heritage site and 52% had been to a museum or gallery. The frequency with which people are visiting…

Civic Voice calls for an end to the cutting of local conservation staff

Conservation Areas are as much a part of the fabric of this country as the Green Belt is in shaping our towns, cities and villages. London School of Economic Research shows that houses in conservation areas sell for a premium of 9% on average, after controlling for other factors. It shows the value of conservation…