Sir We read with interest John Blundells article A business manifesto to make poverty history (26/27 February), where he refers to the Arts Council as another example of poor people being creamed to help rich people enjoy the opera or ballet or theatre.
Whilst it is true that we provide subsidies for opera, ballet and theatre, one look at the range of projects we fund, and have funded in past years, will demonstrate our commitment to supporting arts projects which promote art in the community, social inclusion, and which bring the arts to people who do not normally have access to them.
This includes funding for everything from reading groups in prisons to local brass bands, and we have worked in partnership with groups such as the Youth Justice Board to find ways of reaching as wide an audience as possible for the arts.
We neither ignore nor harm the poor. And we would be happy to show John around our Westminster building to prove to him that it is far from being a palace.
Sir John Blundells manifesto to make poverty history understands economic issues very well. However, he fails to appre