Department for Culture Media and Sport

2011 changes to arms length bodies’ statistics

The merger/abolition of some of our Arms Length Bodies from April 2011 onwards will result in changes to the Official Statistics that these bodies produce. This page will detail these changes as they are confirmed.

The DCMS Official Statistics Catalogue and Publication Timetable will also be updated to reflect these changes.

UK Film Council statistics

Following the transfer of film policy responsibility from the UK Film Council (UKFC) to the British Film Institute (BFI) on 1 April 2011, all research and statistics that were previously produced by the UKFC are now produced by the BFI and can only be found on the BFI website. Previous UKFC statistics publications will be available on the UK Film Council website until early Autumn 2011, and will then transfer to the BFI website. Links to the relevant section of the BFI website will be provided after this transfer.

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council statistics

Following the announcement of the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), responsibility for statistics that were previously produced by the MLA will transfer to Arts Council England (ACE) from 1st October 2011.

Arts Council England – Target Group Index Survey

The Arts Council proposes to stop producing arts attendance figures from the Target Group Index (TGI) Survey, with immediate effect (i.e. the 09/10 statistics would be the final set published). The DCMS Taking Part Survey produces detailed data on arts attendance, including trend data from the last five years, and offers more detailed and robust data. The TGI survey will continue to run, should users wish to subscribe and continue to use this data.

If you would like to comment on this proposal, please contact Rachel Smithies at or on 020 7973 5301. The end date for comments is Monday 31st October 2011.

Sport England – Active People Survey

Sport England proposes to reduce the frequency of reporting on its Active People Survey from quarterly to six-monthly. For more information on this proposal, please visit the Sport England website