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Swimming pool steps

LGA responds to new Swim England report warning that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost by the end of the decade 

"The findings in this report adds to our own recently published evidence highlighting that 72 per cent of schools rely on public swimming pools to teach children how to swim and water safety skills making them essential for delivering the national curriculum."

Up! Orchestra

LGA responds to Arts Council England's new Delivery Plan

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board responds to Arts Council England’s new Delivery Plan.

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LGA – securing the future of public sport and leisure facilities and services integral to health of the nation

The new report, Securing the Future of Public Sport and Leisure Services published in partnership with the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) evaluates the current state of public sport and leisure services and sets out recommendations to ensure the survival and development of the sector.  Councils are currently the biggest investor in sport, leisure, parks and green spaces, spending £1.1 billion per year in England. They are unique in what they offer for communities, providing lifelong opportunities for all to be

People shop in town

LGA responds to Independent Review of Destination Management Organisations

“The LGA is pleased this new report recognises the importance of local authorities to tourism, both as leaders of place and as direct deliverers of tourist attractions."


LGA responds to announcement of Government-backed events insurance scheme

“This is an incredibly positive step in supporting our struggling events industry which has faced continuous uncertainty over the last 18 months."

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Investment in grassroots and community sport facilities integral to capturing Team GB legacy

Investment in sport and leisure facilities, from financial support, to strategic partnership working between central and local government and community organisations is essential in increasing the development of young people, preparing them with vital life skills and healthy habits.

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LGA responds to Sport in our Communities select committee report 

"This report rightly recognises that local government is at the forefront of providing facilities, supporting both formal and informal opportunities for activities, and accessible to all members of the community."

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LGA responds to the return of Parkrun events

“Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds, and as one of the largest providers of these facilities councils are committed to ensuring these spaces continue to be accessible for everyone.”

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LGA responds to Online Media Literacy Strategy

"This timely strategy is not only an important step towards ensuring all UK residents can navigate the online world safely but recognising the role that libraries can play in achieving this."

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LGA responds to the Government's new Health Incentive Programme

“Leisure centres play a key role in supporting the recovery of the nation; enabling active lives and tackling health inequalities through the provision of safe, low cost facilities.”