LGA statement on Budget funding for swimming pools

"We are pleased the Government has recognised the importance of our public pools to the nation’s health, our communities, and the safety of our children."


Boy swimming in a pool with orange pool noodle

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Culture, Tourism and Sport Board at Local Government Association, which represents councils, said:

“We are pleased the Government has recognised the importance of our public pools to the nation’s health, our communities, and the safety of our children.

“Councils and pool operators have worked hard to keep them open for as long as possible in the face of rising energy costs but have been warning that without investment we would have seen a large number of closures. This funding will enable us to keep the doors open, and also continue the transformation of our pools to an energy efficient future that offers a lasting legacy for communities.

“We look forward to working with the Government and Sport England to ensure support reaches all those in need”