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Leisure and Recreation Statistics

March 2007

The importance of leisure, culture and recreation can be seen in the context of promoting and improving the economic, social and environmental health and 'well-being' of local areas, a key government aim. This can be achieved through increasing participation in activities and widening access to facilities for all groups in society, especially those disadvantaged. Within this context, local authorities act as both key providers and strategic facilitators of provision by others. They must also have regard to the performance framework introduced by Best Value and Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA).

This is the thirty first annual survey of estimated expenditure on Leisure and Recreation Services to be published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Activity information is from the 2005-06 actuals.

A more detailed description of the policy context for leisure and cultural services can be found in the Institute's Technical Information Services information stream, 'Leisure and Cultural Services' found

2006-07 statistics

This survey analyses local authority expenditure (2006-07 estimates) and activity (2005-06 actuals) on the following leisure and recreation service areas:
  1. Recreation and sport:
    • Indoor sports and recreation facilities
    • Outdoor sports and recreation facilities
    • Community centres
    • Golf courses
    • Sports development and community recreation
    • Foreshore
  2. Open Spaces:
    • Community parks and open spaces
    • Countryside recreation and management
    • Allotments
  3. Tourism
  4. Culture and Heritage:
    • Museums and galleries
    • Theatres and public entertainment
    • Arts development and support
    • Heritage
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March 2007

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