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Reaching the less active: A guide for public sport and leisure services

Significant research shows that the most effective preventative measure for ill health and wellbeing is being active. Yet despite the evidence, the level of physical inactivity in England is continuing. This guide focuses on the public sport and leisure sector’s role in getting the less active more active.

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Sport and leisure: promoting health and wellbeing through public services

This guide looks at the contribution public sport and leisure services make to promoting health and wellbeing to encourage communities to be active and how this can be achieved through working with a range of partners.

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An introduction to archives for councils

Archives hold the unique and irreplaceable story of organisations, businesses, communities and individuals across the country. The National Archives, as archive sector lead in England, has written this reference guide to help councils better understand what archives are, why they are so important, and where to go for further information.

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Supporting community ownership of leisure and sports assets

This guide considers the powerful benefits of community-owned leisure and sport assets offers to communities and councils. The national policy direction has been set. But what does this mean for communities and councils and how can the benefits be maximised for all?

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Cornerstones of Culture

The final report of the Commission on Culture and Local Government explores the contribution of local culture, the barriers it faces and the four cornerstones that are essential to a healthy local cultural ecosystem.

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Combined authorities and the creative industries

This report explores the role of combined authorities in relation to the creative industries and the potential of new opportunities for combined authorities to fulfil this role.

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Identifying additional financing options for public sport and leisure services

This guide seeks to highlight additional financing options to help sustain the sector and showcases learning from a number of councils who are already doing this.

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Harnessing culture and sport to deliver social prescribing and improve health outcomes

Harnessing innovation and the wealth of culture and leisure related social prescribing initiatives already being run will be crucial to meet the challenges facing communities and councils.

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How council library services can support children and families in the earliest years

In the spring of 2022, the Local Government Association commissioned consultant peers to review library services in eight councils, specifically with regard to how they worked to enhance the local early years offer and, in particular, support for speech, language and communication development.

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Spending Review 2021 departmental supplement: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

This supplement to the LGA’s Spending Review submission sets out further proposals which we would like to work with the Government on implementing. It should be read together with the main submission which also contains proposals relevant to various government departments.

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