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LGA’s Culture Commission calls for case studies

The Commission on Culture and Local Government, launched by the LGA in March, is calling for councils and their local cultural partners to share examples of their work in using culture to support recovery and levelling up.

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LGA responds to Fields in Trust analysis on Green Space

"The Government and councils need to work together to ensure provision of new green space can be prioritised in our communities."

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LGA launches new Commission to promote role of culture in pandemic recovery

The Local Government Association is launching a new commission to promote the role of arts and culture in our recovery from the pandemic and as we look to level up communities across the country. 

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LGA responds to announcement of Hearts for the Arts winners

“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate some of these achievements with the Hearts for the Arts Awards. The individuals and teams are an inspiration to us all and a reminder of the importance of locally funded cultural services in engaging people in creativity and achieving wider objectives around levelling up."

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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."

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LGA response to The House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation

Responding to a new report from The House of Lords Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture Tourism and Sport Board, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: “The LGA is pleased to see that this report acknowledges the need for a radical shift in thinking and delivery at national level to better reflect the contribution sport and recreation makes to wider policy objectives. In addition to their vital role in supporting the health of the nation, increasing activity levels and tackling inequalities. “We fully support the

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LGA responds to Sport England’s new implementation plan for 2022-25

This is an exciting plan that will enable the right support and funding to be directed to places that need it most, in a collaborative and targeted way. This includes opening up funding opportunities for small community organisations which often play a vital role within their communities.

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LGA responds to National Fitness Day 2021 activity results

"To capitalise on this success and level up the health of the nation, particularly those in the most economically deprived areas, it’s vital that Government, key partners and stakeholders work together with councils to create healthy places with accessible green spaces and affordable sport and leisure opportunities."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to £9 million funding for 100 new urban ‘pocket parks’ across the UK

"The LGA has long made the case for the importance of green and outdoor spaces for people’s health and wellbeing. This funding is a positive step and will enable more local authorities to create spaces to enable communities to build activity in their daily lives."

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to announcement of funding for the UK's culture, tourism and sport sectors

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board responds to the Government’s announcement in the Spending Review of funding for the UK’s culture, tourism and sport sectors.