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LGA responds to Sport England's Uniting the Movement strategy

“Councils are working hard to try and ensure sport and leisure facilities are available once national restrictions are eased and will have a key role to play in realising this Strategy’s ambitions.”

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LGA responds to Sport England Children and Young People Survey

“The survey results are concerning, and highlight the importance of helping children to be active during this period to support their physical and mental wellbeing. Councils are working hard to keep parks and green spaces open and available for this, and by implementing active travel routes to support safe cycling and walking.”

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LGA – COVID-19 has devastated councils’ park services

Parks proved to be a lifeline for local communities during the COVID-19 crisis but the pandemic has had a devastating impact on councils’ park services, the Local Government Association sets out today.

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LGA – Councils one of the top investors in culture, sport and leisure

Councils remain one of the biggest investors in culture, sport and leisure - spending over £2 billion a year - a new report by the Local Government Association sets out today.

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LGA responds to physical activity sector letter to the Prime Minister

“The LGA has been making the case for long-term funding to ensure leisure facilities can continue to provide vital services for low income communities."

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Creative industries can play a key role in the COVID-19 recovery

“Local creative industries can be the cornerstone of recovery for our communities and local economies from the impacts of COVID-19."

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LGA responds to culture funding announcement

“This emergency support for our cultural and creative sectors is positive and a vote of confidence in their contribution to society, our economy, and our standing in the world."

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LGA responds to DCMS report on impact of COVID-19 on culture and sport

'We have been highlighting the perilous financial state that these services are in and are pleased with the Committee’s recommendation that leisure centres should be given financial support before August.'

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Coronavirus: gyms and leisure centres to reopen - LGA statement

“It is great news that gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and many people will be hugely excited about being able to safely visit them again."

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LGA responds to Government's arts funding announcement

“It is great that the Government has recognised the importance of culture to the social fabric of our nation by announcing this funding which will be a lifeline to many theatres, galleries and museums which have been severely impacted by coronavirus."