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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


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."

Rows of colourful dumbbells stacked together in a leisure centre

Coronavirus: gyms and leisure centres to reopen - LGA statement

“It is great news that gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and many people will be hugely excited about being able to safely visit them again."


Coronavirus: LGA responds to Minister park closures guidance

"Councils want to keep parks open, but people need to follow the social distancing advice."

Making the most of your museums: a handbook for councillors feature

Coronavirus: Local Government and Arts Council England launch collaboration to support cultural organisations

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 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."

Wembley Stadium under blue skies during the opening game of the Euros 2020

Councils wish England luck ahead of Euro 2020 Wembley final

“Hopefully, Sunday’s game brings us all the result we want and football does, finally, come home.”

Wembley Stadium under blue skies during the opening game of the Euros 2020

Councils wish England luck ahead of Euro 2022 final

“On behalf of councils in England, I’d like to wish Sarina Wiegman and the England Women’s football team the best of luck in their Euro 2022 Final against Germany at Wembley on Sunday."


Culture key to recovery and prosperity: Cornerstones of Culture Report

Culture, heritage and creativity are essential to our future national prosperity, levelling up and recovery from crisis, a new LGA report finds.

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Culture, heritage and sport – LGA on Levelling Up White Paper

“We are pleased to see culture, heritage and sport recognised for their impact in communities and be placed among the list of priorities in the white paper. As well as making a fundamental contribution to pride of place, they support local literacy and skills, and boost wellbeing, productivity and innovation."