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LGA: New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice on renewal

Excluding councils from the Government’s newly created Cultural Renewal Taskforce removes the local voice on cultural renewal, the Local Government Association warns. 

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Coronavirus: LGA warns leisure providers falling between support packages

Leisure providers which provide vital sport and cultural services for communities are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support, the Local Government Association warns today.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Communities Secretary praise for councils on keeping parks and green spaces open

“Councils know that visiting a park can have a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing during this difficult time. “They have worked hard to try and keep services running during this crisis, including keeping access to green spaces and cemeteries open for their residents. “Councils need residents to work with them when using parks and cemeteries. “It is important that the public continue to abide by the Government’s social distancing rules to ensure people are not put at risk unnecessarily.”

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LGA responds to Arts Council England libraries funding

“Many council-owned libraries have experienced an increase of more than 600 per cent in new registered members since the Government’s mandated lockdown."

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to Minister park closures guidance

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

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LGA: 600 percent boom in online library memberships in some areas since coronavirus lockdown

All council-owned libraries have closed because of the coronavirus outbreak but residents are still able to access digital library resources. Councils are providing additional online access to resources under the hashtag #LibrariesFromHome, extending online memberships for no extra fee, and all fines incurred as a result of the closures will be waived. As a result there has been a boom in new digital users. For example, Hampshire County Council has seen a 770 per cent increase in new digital users, Cornwall Council a 630 per cent increase and Hertfordshire County Council an increase of

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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.

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LGA responds to Heritage Lottery Fund announcement

Responding to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s £50 million funding announcement for heritage sites, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “We are pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund have provided much needed funding at this difficult time for heritage organisations, who face the additional challenge of high maintenance costs for their buildings during the current closures. "It is also positive that it recognises how investing in the ROSS network will help both heritage organisations, and provide work for hundreds of freelancers. "Preser

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LGA responds to Sport England funding support package

“We urge Sport England to work with the Government to also secure grant funding for these organisations."

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LGA responds to Arts Council England funding

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, responds to Arts Council England’s announcement to provide £160 million for the cultural sector.