Research and Analytics

Leisure and Culture

CIPFA Culture, Sport and Recreation Statistics


May 2009
Introduction

For the first time, the Culture, Sport and Recreation publication includes the Charges for Leisure Services Statistics, previously displayed in a separate publication.

The importance of culture, sport 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) and the new Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA).

This year, authorities in England and Wales estimate to spend a net 2,412m (including capital charges) on culture, sport and recreation facilities, a decrease of 3.5% over 2007-08. Despite this, there has still been a 20.0% increase in expenditure over the last 10 years. The largest decreases are expected in Greater London (7.0%) and English Unitaries (6.7%).

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May 2009

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