To assist CLOA with its advocacy for the sector, a short survey was designed to provide a snapshot of the financial environment for culture and leisure services following the Comprehensive Spending Review. The aim was to establish the impact on budgets in 2011/12 and onwards and initial responses to this challenge.
In total 82 local authorities responded to CLOA’s circulation of the survey, including 16 of the 52 local authorities in the East of England.
You can download the full report here and the Eastern summary here.
The survey picture describes culture and leisure taking its fair and proportionate share of the pain of local authority cuts in the majority of authorities and includes feedback on:
- Winners and losers - the report illustrates the extent to which funding has been reduced or removed from specific service areas.
- Meeting efficiency targets – new ways of working for culture and leisure, charting those authorities currently undertaking or considering alternative delivery models.
- Sector Support - we asked if you would value further support from CLOA, Local Government Improvement & Development or the Local Cultural Improvement Networks.
A key concern is the capacity and quality of the culture and leisure role in local authorities post savings. Particularly with arts, sports development and parks facing the pressures of savings more than most at a time when authorities are looking to support community development.
The findings have led the Culture First team to ponder on these questions:
- How well equipped or fit for purpose is the sector to pick up the challenge and opportunities of leading services for public health and well- being?
- Is the sector suitably shaped post savings, to maximise the legacy benefits from London 2012?
- How does the sector make the most from a “big society” policy drive?
- How can we support the development of the third sector to ensure a sustainable and quality service in the tight fiscal environment?
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