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Paul McCartney criticises the government after Liverpool arts school loses funding

Sir Paul McCartney has criticised the UK government after his Liverpool art school had its funding slashed.

Liverpool’s Institute of Performing Arts, which was co-founded by the former Beatle, has reportedly had £16 million cut from its funding. McCartney said a “series of errors, made in 2016, cost the institute in potential funding and a further £160,000 for the initial steps of a judicial review.”

Furious about the news, McCartney added: “I helped to bring LIPA into life during very difficult times for Liverpool. It is now a highly respected institution all over the world.”

He added: “Our funding was recently affected by what to me, and the heads of every university in Liverpool, was a flawed process. LIPA is my passion and part of my legacy. It would not be fair to allow injustice to affect its future. I sincerely hope the Government will correct this error and help us to continue our work successfully into the future.”