The Lighthouse jobs at risk in funding shortfall

The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City in Glasgow, could be forced to make up to ten redundancies as it seeks emergency council funding.

The organisation is seeking a bridging loan of £250 000 and a £50 000 increase in annual core funding from Glasgow City Council as it aims to make up a projected annual shortfall of £300 000.

The Lighthouse has produced a new business plan, which includes the potential redundancies as well as plans to restructure its Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed home, which will go in front of the council’s executive committee on 28 November.

A spokeswoman for The Lighthouse says that if the funding isn’t approved, The Lighthouse board of directors would meet to consider the next steps. The prospect of closure has been mooted in the Scottish press.

The projected shortfall comes after The Lighthouse suffered two major financial setbacks recently.

Last month the Six Cities Design Festival, which was managed by The Lighthouse and received £3m from the Scottish Government in 2007, was suspended and five staff made redundant after the Scottish Government refused to provide further funding.

It has also been reported that the Scottish Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, which was put together by The Lighthouse, cost more than the grant provided by the Scottish Government.

A spokeswoman for The Lighthouse says, ‘We have to act in a commercial way. The Lighthouse needs to get into the best possible position to operate in a recession.’

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