FUNDING to support Scottish artists requires “urgent, robust action” to make the system sustainable, according to Holyrood’s culture committee.

Pressure on budgets and “inadequate” spending has prompted MSPs to recommend the funding system is “reset”. They urged the Scottish Government to spend a minimum of 1% of its Budget on the arts.

The report by the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee concluded “Scotland’s arts funding system is facing ongoing challenges and uncertainty”, with uneven distribution across the country.

Convener Joan McAlpine said: “The overall aim of this report was to put the focus of the funding system on the artists themselves. The committee heard compelling evidence that significant action is needed to achieve this.”