Support for tourism infrastructure is vital, and investment in culture is a proven regeneration tool.

A vibrant local sports scene improves public health, economic development and community cohesion. We are helping councils build a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We are helping councils tackle their challenges through:

  • securing continued support for the Future Libraries programme
  • helping councils to realise a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy that delivers wider benefits for the whole country
  • supporting councils who are pioneering new and more efficient ways of delivering heritage services and share the lessons widely
  • promoting digital inclusion and supporting the superfast broadband pilot areas.


If you have any queries or would like further information about our work is this area please contact:

Laura Caton

Culture, Tourism and Sport Board

The CTS Board engages with and helps develop a thorough understanding of councils' priorities in relation to this programme area.



Transforming culture provision through new delivery models

This Leadership Essentials programme is designed to develop and strengthen the political leadership skills of Cabinet members and Portfolio holders with responsibility for cultural services.


Warwickshire honours memories of WW1

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire is running a variety of events and activities connected with WW1 Centenary. (Pic: Great War re-enactors)


Broadband rollout

3 July 2014

Construction work has begun to bring high-speed broadband to a West Oxfordshire village, after residents frustrated by slow internet speeds and patchy connections came together to look at how they could get a better service.


First World War centenary – LGA wants to hear from you

As the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War approaches, the Local Government Association is calling all councils to let us know what they are doing to help their communities to commemorate this historic event.


Evidence review of the economic contribution of libraries

The publication of this evidence review marks an important first step in the understanding of the direct contribution public libraries can make economically.


Councils support Service community on Armed Forces Day

Councils all over the country are formally marking Armed Forces Day on 28 June this year through a Community Covenant that pledges support to Service and ex-Service people in their local communities.


Shortlist for City of Football

Sport England has announced the names of cities that have been shortlisted to become England's first 'City of Football', demonstrating a commitment to promoting all forms of the grassroots game.


Adults in sport and active recreation 2014 data added to LG Inform

On average 25.2 percentage of the adult population in all English local authorities participated in sport and active recreation, at moderate intensity, for at least 30 minutes on at least 12 days out of the last four weeks.


£10 million broadband fund – winning bids announced

The LGA is bringing together councils leading the rural broadband rollout to discuss progress towards reaching the final 5 per cent as well as the additional £250 million Superfast Extension Programme to achieve 95 per cent coverage.


Library mini-peer challenges

The LGA would like to hear from councils who are interested in benefiting from a mini-peer challenge of their library service. We are able to offer three fully-funded 1.5 day peer challenges based upon the highly-regarded LGA corporate peer challenge methodology.


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