Mark Whitehead 30 October 2017

Leisure centres 'old and tired’ due to underfunding, council chiefs warn

Leisure centres old and tired’ due to underfunding, council chiefs warn image

The Government will miss a chance to transform the nation’s health if it fails to inject new funding into leisure infrastructure in the forthcoming Autumn Budget, councils have warned.

The Local Government Association (LGA) says most council-owned sports halls and swimming pools are at risk of becoming 'old and tired' as budgets are increasingly squeezed.

It says councils are just about managing to keep leisure facilities running but in many cases they are coming to the end of their lifespan.

In its Budget submission to Treasury the LGA is calling on the Government to introduce a £400m funding pot to pay for improvements to infrastructure for health and wellbeing.

It says Investment in leisure infrastructure would get more people physically active and help to tackle some of the major health issues facing the country such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: 'Leisure facilities are the cornerstone of a physically and mentally healthy community and are used by thousands of families every day.

'They get people active and keep them fit and healthy, which in itself is a major long-term cost saving for the country as it prevents the need for treatment further down the line that in turn puts significant extra pressure on social care and NHS services.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker - LD & Autism

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum
Senior Social Worker / Senior Occupational Therapist/ Senior Practitioner With us, you can achieve more - for yourself as well as those you work to s England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Assessment and Intervention

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Social Worker - Assessment and InterventionPermanentFull Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Children with Disabilities

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Social Worker - Children with DisabilitiesPermanent, Full Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Duty Manager (South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre)

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 5 - Starting at £22,944 per annum, rising to £25,284
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre is one of Chelmsford City Council's excellent leisure facilities which offers a variety of sporting activities... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Assistant Director - Inclusion

Suffolk County Council
£75,745 - £93,245 pa
We are seeking a highly skilled Assistant Director Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Suffolk County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue