As part of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) consultation, Community Leisure UK has submitted a representation calling for progressive policy developments, including making sport and leisure a statutory duty for all councils in order to better support the health and wellbeing of the population and, alongside this, investment to:
Commenting on the submission, Mark Tweedie, Community Leisure UK Chief Executive, said:
Pre coronavirus pandemic public leisure and cultural service providers had plans for capital projects, developing and diversifying services and deepening relationships with their local council partners. Now, with significantly increased public sector financial pressures, coupled with an uncertain outlook, there is concern for the future of the sector. The role of the sector has never been more important with regard to supporting the health and wellbeing of the population. It must therefore be supported, not only to ensure it survives but in order to release its untapped potential to help local councils build stronger more resilient communities throughout the coronavirus recovery period and beyond. This is why, on an invest to save basis, we have highlighted the opportunities for the government, through their Comprehensive Spending Review, to invest in the sector to deliver a broader mandate, amongst widening health inequalities, to reduce demands on the NHS and social service systems
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