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LGA responds to UK City of Culture 2021 announcement

“Coventry’s winning bid and the benefits it will bring to the city should be scaled up and replicated in communities across the country."

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LGA responds to £100m pilot investment to combat inactivity

“Councils are helping people get out and about and become more physically active on a daily basis, but we need support to look at what works best and has the biggest impact."

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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 ru

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LGA responds to Museums Review report

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to the recommendations for council-run and supported museums in the Government’s Museums Review.

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Leisure centres could be forced to close without government investment

Leisure centres could fall into a state of disrepair and even be forced to close without urgent new investment from government, councils warn today.

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LGA responds to first annual Libraries Week

"Our libraries were visited 250 million times in 2016/17 – more than visits to Premier League football games, the cinema, and the top 10 UK tourist attractions combined."

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LGA responds to the creation of action group as part of inquiry into future of public parks

"Councils understand how important parks are to residents as community assets, and are using them to promote health and fitness, local heritage, public art, festivals and wildlife walks

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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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LGA responds to National Parks Week

Responding to National Parks Week, Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: "National parks are fantastic assets - major tourist attractions with an international reputation. It is vital that their value is recognised in government strategies, ensuring they get the resources and skills they need to continue to attract visitors from home and abroad. “LGA research has shown that devolving greater powers over transport, skills and employment support, and support for businesses will help boost the visitor economy. “We also know that having access to natural spa

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LGA responds to Love Parks Week

"Councils understand how important parks are to residents and the value they place on them."