Regular readers of this blog will remember that last month we raised the issue of a whole raft of very large payments made by the directorate to suppliers whose names have been kept secret for reasons of “commercial confidentiality”.
Now it turns out that the directorate’s Libraries, Arts and Heritage department (outed last month as a habitual user of commercial confidentiality) is withholding the details of the amounts of cash it has awarded to 16 local arts and cultural organisations in the first round of the Council’s new Leeds Inspired grants scheme.
The only way to get the information, the leeds citizen was told today, is through a Freedom of Information request.
Is it me or isn’t that just a bit bizarre?
What’s so different about Leeds Inspired? Anyone care to hazard a guess?
Announced at the end of last year, Leeds Inspired is an annual, Leeds-specific, “topic-based” arts and culture funding stream that allocates the £0.3m the Council used to put into West Yorkshire Grants plus other funds diverted from the Council’s main arts and culture funding stream arts@leeds. The topic of the scheme this year is “playfulness”.
You can find out who the 16 organisations are and what they’re doing for the undisclosed sums of money here.