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.


Community safety

World Cup licensing

3 April 2014

The LGA warns national relaxation of licensing hours during the 2014 World Cup will leave councils having to react to any disruption rather than planning ahead to minimise problems through sensible licensing restrictions.


Memorial repairs

21 March 2014

Councils can apply to the War Memorial Trust for grants towards the conservation and repair of local memorials. In addition, £5 million is available to help conserve, repair and protect First World War memorials and burial sites across the UK and overseas.


Midnight marriage

20 March 2014

Islington will cheekily pip nuptials in other boroughs by holding the first same-sex marriage on the stroke of midnight on Friday 28 March.


8th International conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

The 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will take pace on 3-5 April at the Monastery in Manchester and will focus on issues affecting the development, management and growth of local tourism.


World War One Centenary Partnership

Led by the Imperial War Museum (IWM), the partnership will present a vibrant programme to enable millions of people worldwide to discover more about the First World War. (Pic courtesy of IWM)


Big Lunch 2014

The Big Lunch is a Lottery funded Eden Project which takes place on 1 June and encourages communities to become more sustainable, celebrate local living and share more – from ideas and conversation to skills and resources.


Cultural Commissioning programme launched

The Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP) is a new three-year programme funded by the Arts Council (England) to work with public service commissioners and the arts and cultural sector.


'Moving More, Living More' campaign launched

The campaign is attempting to bring central and local government as well as other partners to work together to bring about an increase in physical activity levels.


£2 million fund to help tourism in flooded areas

Tourism businesses affected by the floods – from bed and breakfasts and hotels to local attractions – will get help from a new £2 million support fund, Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced.


Local culture needs lottery review – LGA

6 March 2014

Local museums and heritage sites could get a major boost from lottery money if the system awarded more funding to the good causes it was originally designed to help.


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