"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
The coronavirus outbreak poses serious risks to the country’s network of cultural organisations unless there is a joined-up approach to supporting them, the Local Government Association and Arts Council England set out today.
"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."
Investment in sport and leisure facilities, from financial support, to strategic partnership working between central and local government and community organisations is essential in increasing the development of young people, preparing them with vital life skills and healthy habits.
"Councils’ contribution to the country’s public recreation and leisure offering will be crucial to the economic recovery following the pandemic. Areas of concern do remain, including provisions for supply chains and freelancers and protections against potential future loss of income as a result of COVID-19."