District Councils Network responds to allocation of National Leisure Recovery Fund
Responding to the allocation of £100 million to support the recovery of leisure centres, Cllr Dan Humphreys, District Council Network’s Lead for Enhancing Quality of Life Cllr Dan Humphreys, said:
“Our leisure centres are fundamental to the nation’s health and economic recovery, and to the longer term health of our communities including addressing widening health inequalities. This funding will provide much-needed support to our leisure services which are struggling as a result of lost income during the coronavirus crisis.
“Leisure centres have been integral facilities during the pandemic. They have served as key vaccination sites, and when possible last year have delivered social prescription activities to those with health conditions. Leisure services have also rolled out distanced exercise programmes, giving people their much needed first taste of communal activity since the start of this crisis.
“However so many of our leisure centres still remain at risk of closing for good. We cannot let this happen, it is crucial that more funding should follow as part of a long term effort to support health and happiness in everyone.”
Notes to editors
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network providing a single voice to 187 district councils. District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40 per cent of the population – and cover 68 per cent of the country by area. They play a key role in local communities, providing services such as building homes, collecting waste, regenerating town centres, preventing homelessness, keeping streets clean and maintaining parks.
Contact: District Councils’ Network press office 020 7664 3333
Date: 22nd March 2021