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Commission on Culture and Local Government

To investigate the role that publicly funded culture can play in our national recovery, Local Government Association has launched a new independent Commission on Culture and Local Government. The Commission will be chaired by Baroness Lola Young and will run from March to December 2022. CLOA is delighted to be involved in this vital piece […]

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Call for Climate Action to be at the Heart of Recovery

The Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association is part of a group of industry experts in the local authority public sports and leisure sector that has called on the COP26 UK delegation to recognise the importance of the sector in helping the UK reach its ambitious climate change targets; especially as the sector seeks to […]

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Active people, healthy places

CLOA, working with Local Government Association (LGA) and SPORTA, have produced a publication that shows the different models for delivering sport and physical activity in-house or working in partnership with outsourced providers. […]

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The role of Local Authorities in leading Place-making

The role of Local Authorities in leading Place-making

CLOA, working with Local Government Association (LGA),  have compiled a suite of case studies that shares best practice and aims to help Local Authority senior decision makers understand their role in driving forward the Place-making agenda. […]

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Sport England – Strategy Development

Sport England has launched a strategy to tackle inactivity; CLOA has been involved in helping to shape the approach and will continue to challenge on what we consider to be critical issues moving forward. […]

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Cultural White Paper and Countries of Culture Inquiry

The DCMS has published the long awaited Culture White Paper, the first strategy for arts and culture in more than 50 years. DCMS has also launched an inquiry into funding for culture in England’s regions and sub-regions.  The Countries of Culture inquiry will focus on the regional impact of local authority settlement on the cultural […]

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Improving culture, arts and sporting opportunities through planning

In recent years culture, arts and sport have been widely used to drive regeneration, build cohesive communities and change the way that places are perceived.  Major cultural projects have been used successfully to boost economic development & regeneration and increase community cohesion. However, smaller-scale initiatives, such as a local community helping to design and look after a play area, commission a […]

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Health & well-being

The transfer of public health from the NHS to local government and Public Health England (PHE) was one of the most significant extensions of local government powers and duties in a generation. It represented a unique opportunity to change the focus from treating sickness to actively promoting health and well-being. In recognition of the vital […]

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Future direction for arts, museums and libraries.

Arts Council England (ACE) is the lead development agency for the Arts, Museums and Libraries.  Arts Council England supports a range of activities from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.  They have stated that, between 2011 and 2015, they will invest £1.4 billion of public money from […]

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Crime and Anti-social Behaviour

It has long been recognised that culture and sport have an important role to play in preventing young people becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. In response to this the National Culture Forum and CLOA have produced a new policy document entitled The role of Culture and Sport in reducing Crime and Anti Social […]

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