"Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services, and this injection of money will boost councils’ efforts to keep these open and in good condition, despite facing significant funding pressures."
“Councils face an £8 billion funding gap by 2025, and our core cultural services like libraries and museums will come under increasing financial pressure unless local government finance is put on a sustainable footing.”
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.
"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."
"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