I do appreciate that you can’t spend the roads budget on housing or the housing budget on leisure.
The question I’m really asking is why there is any money at all being allocated to arts when the arts can basically take care of themselves. Without state support people will always sing, play musical instruments, dance, write poetry, paint pictures and tell stories. Of course some things cannot be done without state or wealthy benefactor support, like opera and ballet, maybe they can do cheaper productions.
But I basically think that government, both national and local should take care of the essentials, and that is not happening. I’m sure everyone has their own examples of when they could reasonable expect a service to be there but they discover it isn’t. A couple of years ago I was badly ripped-off, and it’s still not resolved. I was not happy to discover that Lewisham has no public-facing Trading Standards Service. I was referred to Citizens Advice. CAB do an OK job, but they do not have powers to issue Notices, investigate, or prosecute.
The state is falling apart and then I’m told that money is being allocated to an indoor beach.