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LGA: tourism sector facing jobs "black hole"

England’s vital tourism sector risks being overwhelmed by record number of visitors and growing skills gaps, council leaders warn today.

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LGA responds to multi million pound funding boost for cultural sector

"From music festivals and art trails to museums and theatres, we are extremely proud of our local and national heritage which attracts millions of visitors to our communities throughout the country."

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LGA responds to museum statistics

"Councils are extremely proud of our national museums, which serve a key role in the growth of tourism throughout the country. "

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LGA responds to latest Sport England survey about sport and physical activity levels

Councils are full of ideas to support people to be active, including holistic approaches such as planning and designing our areas to make them easier to navigate on foot or by bike, for example, instead of just expecting our residents to attend leisure centres and gyms.

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Pioneers celebrated on International Women’s Day

“Their bravery and determination in helping women win the right to vote and make it possible to play a full part in our democracy serves as an inspiration to us all. This acts as a timely reminder of not only what has been achieved, but also what more needs to be done."

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Councils win backing to help protect live music venues

"Councils want to protect and maintain the live music venues in their communities and this much-needed update to the planning rules will help achieve a fair and balanced solution between the obligations of housing developers and protecting our vital grassroots music scene."

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to cultural development fund announcement

"Councils recognise the tremendous role that culture and heritage plays in helping to create places where people want to live, work and visit. “While today’s announcement is helpful, further funding would genuinely make a difference in creating culture-led, place-based development in communities. "Local authorities, alongside Arts Council England, are this country’s biggest public sector investors in culture. "Despite significant reductions in central government funding, councils have adopted innovative ways of supporting and boosting culture and heritage. This includes setting up trusts to

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New resource to help councils on a tight budget invest in culture

Arts Council England and the LGA have developed their first ever online resource to help councils develop innovative ways to invest in culture.

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