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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

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Councils win backing to help protect live music venues

"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."

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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 '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."

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LGA responds to FA report on social and economic value of adult grassroots football in England

"It is vital that the forthcoming Spending Review recognises the importance of grassroots football and ensures that councils are properly funded to meet the needs of their residents."

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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 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 Keep Britain Tidy parks research

“Access to natural spaces has a range of benefits to the community and councils are using parks to promote health and fitness, local heritage, public art, festivals and wildlife walks."

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LGA responds to latest Sport England survey about sport and physical activity levels

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.