As of April 2012, the UK Film Council will cease operations. Just over a year to the day when word hit that the Irish Film Board was in jeopardy, Deadline's London branch announced the council's closure, which has since been confirmed by DCMS (Britain's Department for Culture, Media and Sport).

According to the DCMS press release, the UK Film Council will be abolished in order to establish "a direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute. This would support front-line services while ensuring greater value for money." The release notes: "Key activities currently carried out by the UK Film Council will continue, including Lottery funding and work in support of film certification for tax purposes. DCMS will now consider options for transferring those responsibilities to other organisations. As a charity, the British Film Institute (BFI) is not within the scope of this review, but the Government is committed to its long term future. DCMS will now consider how to build a more direct relationship between the BFI and Government."
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