Ralf Little, one of the Royle Family, has added his weight to critics of the hugely unpopular bid by Westminster city council to stop its small grant funding programme that has helped the most vulnerable and deprived in society access workshops taking in performing arts, dance, creative writing and much more.
He has signed a petition against the proposals, which already boasts over 700 names, including West End actors Samantha Bond, Alistair McGowan, Nickolas Grace and Abigail Thaw.
Ralf Little said;
“People think the arts are something that is disposable. But Westminster is a borough that culturally and economically relies on the arts. Without them, we will be a much poorer city.
“If you cut that off, you remove the supply line of creativity and talent – of the young writers and young performers that are the future and who are going to keep the whole industry rolling on.”
Councillors are due to vote on the proposals on March 6. The petition can be found at http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/artsandculture