Culture and sport make a significant contribution to local communities; they have a high public profile and account for much of the council’s contribution to residents’ satisfaction.  

The briefings below are intended to help Elected Members better champion the role of culture and sport, ensuring the contribution is both valued and embedded in the work of their authority.

Value for Money and Efficiency – alternative service delivery options

This briefing provides an A-Z summary of alternative models for culture and sport services and suggests ways in which local authorities can adapt to a climate of funding reductions.

Making a difference - guidance for new Culture & Leisure Portfolio Holders

This briefing is aimed at newly appointed portfolio holders and contains information and signposting to support them in their role.

Culture Matters - the positive impact of cultural services

This briefing aims to help Elected Members build the case for cultural services within their authority and local area.

Culture on the Strategic Agenda - why your council needs cultural services

This briefing outlines the most important areas where culture and sport play a strategic role.

Healthy, Happy Communities - culture and sport essential for health and well-being

This briefing is intended to help Elected Members maximise the role of culture and sport in improving the health and well-being of local communities.

Community Leadership - culture as the cornerstone of Big Society

This briefing highlights how Elected Members can ensure culture and sport are at the heart of building Big Society.

Putting culture and sport at the heart of strategic commissioning´╗┐

The Local Government Association has produced a briefing to help Councillors make the case for commissioning services from culture and sport providers to improve outcomes for children and young people, older and vulnerable adults.

If you would like Culture First to develop a briefing note on a particular topic please contact with your suggestion.