• LGA in energy costs leisure warning

    12 April 2022

    Rising energy costs are ‘driving decisions’ to close council leisure facilities or reduce opening hours, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • Councils paid out half COVID hospitality fund

    04 April 2022

    Less than half of the grant funding available to prop up the hospitality industry following disruption due to COVID has been paid out by councils, according to Government figures.

  • Onwards and upwards for Coalville

    30 March 2022

    Regenerating Coalville became a corporate priority of North West Leicestershire DC in 2015. Despite some knocks along the way, it feels like the work of the council and others is starting to make difference, says James Arnold.

  • Sheffield to fund £7m leisure bailout

    16 March 2022

    Sheffield City Council is to provide a £7m bailout to a charity running its leisure venues.

  • Gove's suggestion on non-statutory services won't work

    04 February 2022

    Michael Gove recently said councils could drop some non-statutory services – but these are the essential operating platform for their statutory cousins, says Mo Baines.

  • Knowsley leisure firm in £2m bailout

    27 January 2022

    The authority originally formed Volair to reduce its lesiure service’s dependency on council funding.

  • Supporting staff through crises

    26 January 2022

    David Bibby explains how leisure and cultural centre provider Everyone Active has been working with local authority partners to rise to the challenges of the pandemic and support the workforce.

  • We will spell out the benefits delivered by districts' wellbeing services

    17 January 2022

    We need a long term strategy that revitalises leisure and wellbeing services to level up the health of the nation and place them firmly within Integrated Care Systems, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.

  • This provisional settlement makes the job of districts harder

    20 December 2021

    The Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement falls short of what district councils need and leaves funding gaps that undermine the ability to deliver essential services, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • The problems with the finance settlement

    17 December 2021

    Ian Miller examines the risks and uncertainties for districts in the provisional settlement, and lists the uncomfortable topics he says ‘cannot be avoided for much longer’.

  • Taking the lead locally on the climate emergency

    09 November 2021

    A project launched last year provides a significant piece of Craven DC's zero carbon by 2030 jigsaw, says Paul Shevlin, and the most impactful thing the council could do was to take steps to cut the carbon footprint of its seven key premises.

  • Cash is welcome but not the only answer

    02 November 2021

    The funding for local government revealed by the chancellor in last week’s Spending Review is welcome – but it does not come close to addressing the financial woes of districts, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • DCN members stand ready to create greener communities

    02 November 2021

    The dedicated local government day at COP on 11 November gives us the chance to showcase what councils can do, says new chair of the District Councils' Network Sam Chapman-Allen.

  • Bracknell’s naturally creative approach to bringing people back to the town centre

    30 September 2021

    A gigantic partnership approach to reinvigorating Bracknell town centre linked to the borough’s tree strategy hit the mark this summer, says Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker.

  • 4 wheel drive woman on... tennis

    14 September 2021

    Now Tarquin, I’ve signed you up for tennis on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – do you think that’s enough? We can pop you into extra classes in the school holidays – they do an intensive camp at the club that should get you on track.

  • Let’s see some fair play

    14 September 2021

    A new report makes the case for a radical new approach to secure their future of local sports and leisure services, including a call for longer-term investment, say Paul O’Brien, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Debbie Kaye.

  • The time for team spirit is now

    14 September 2021

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson says there has never been a more important time to work together to protect the future of community-based sport and leisure services.

  • Leisure and wellbeing services face a serious and immediate threat

    14 September 2021

    The National Leisure Recovery Fund’s distribution of £100m was welcome, but must go further, argues Cllr Dan Humphreys.

  • Tackling obesity

    21 July 2021

    Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on how the success of England’s national team can be harnessed by councils to inspire people to play more football and lose weight.

  • Sevenoaks to halt support for leisure operator

    02 July 2021

    Sevenoaks DC is poised to halt financial support to the operator of its leisure facilities, which are grappling with a seven-figure budget deficit.