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LGA responds to Arts Council England funding

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to Arts Council England’s announcement to provide £160 million for the cultural sector.

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Budget 2020: LGA responds to Business and Intellectual Property funding announcement

"This funding demonstrates that the Government have heard our calls for greater recognition of the vital role that libraries play in helping businesses to innovate and grow."

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LGA survey: more than half of public surveyed support local tourism levy

LGA-commissioned independent research found that a pound-per-night levy applied in a local area in England could raise between £238,000 and over £7 million a year depending on the area.

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LGA responds to announcement of Hearts for the Arts award winners

Despite rising demand for services and central government funding reductions, councils continue to be the biggest investors in culture, bringing communities across the country together.

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LGA responds to Youth Accelerator Fund announcement

“Councils are doing everything they can to protect youth services but funding pressures and rising demand for other services means they have had to reduce spending on youth services by more than half since 2010."

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LGA responds to Arts Council England 10-year strategy

“Councils are uniquely placed to build on community strengths in partnership with Arts Council England, and the greatest impact can be achieved through locally-led culture facilities, including museums, libraries and arts organisations."

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Nearly two thirds of leisure centres in need of urgent investment

Nearly two thirds of leisure centres are outdated and need urgent new investment from government, the Local Government Association reveals today. New figures, shared with the LGA by Sport England, show that up to 63 per cent of sports halls and swimming pools are more than 10 years old. Nearly a quarter of all sports halls and swimming pools have not been refurbished in more than 20 years. Central government funding for leisure infrastructure reduced by a third over the last decade. The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling on government to use the forthcoming

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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.