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LGA responds to Visit Britain/Visit England annual review

Responding to the VisitBritain/VisitEngland annual review on tourism spending in Britain, which revealed that visitors spent £951 million in the last financial year as a result of VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s investment, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “Councils play a crucial role in leading and creating a thriving visitor economy, but it is important they are properly resourced. “As the biggest investors in place, council cultural services, as well as planning, business support, highways and environmental health are fundamental to

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LGA responds to Sport England's 'Active Lives Children and Young People' report

“Alongside other partners, councils have also made good progress in improving children’s health, from health visitors supporting new parents to weight management services."

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LGA responds to Government pocket parks programme

The LGA has long made the case for the importance of green and outdoor spaces for people’s health and wellbeing.

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LGA responds to Government heritage preservation campaign

“While this funding is a positive step for local authorities, alongside other recent investments in culture and heritage, it is vital that councils have the long-term, sustainable funding to protect and unlock the value of heritage sites for their communities.”

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LGA responds to Sport England Active Lives Survey

“Many of the facilities run by councils are ageing, particularly swimming pools, and could be updated to better meet the needs of communities and be more energy efficient and cost-effective to run."


LGA responds to £250 million investment in cultural infrastructure

“This funding will help libraries and museums to adapt, reach even wider audiences, and continue their roles at the heart of the community."


LGA responds to Heritage Open Days

​​​​​​​“Many councils across the country are celebrating Heritage Open Days by running events in important cultural buildings and green spaces."

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LGA responds to 'We are Undefeatable' campaign

“Across the country, councils are developing exciting and innovative programmes to encourage older people, including those with long-term conditions and disabilities, to access physical activity."

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LGA responds to Cycle to Work Day

“To mark the day, councils are encouraging residents to cycle by promoting cycling proficiency tests and bike safety awareness campaigns, providing dedicated on-road cycle paths, installing secure cycle parking on high streets and supporting bike sharing schemes."


LGA responds to Prime Minister new tourism sector deal announcement

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to today's tourism sector deal announcement by the Prime Minister.