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REALISING THE POTENTIAL OF CULTURAL SERVICES

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Research to evaluate the benefits of cultural services is being launched today by tourism minister, Kim Howells, at...
Research to evaluate the benefits of cultural services is being launched today by tourism minister, Kim Howells, at the Local Government Association.

Realising the potential of cultural services - making a difference to the quality of life, has been jointly funded by twelve partner organisations including the LGA. The partners said: `The publication of this research today is a milestone for the cultural sector.

`All those involved in the public provision of cultural services have long since recognised the value that such services bring to the social, economic and environmental well being of individuals and their communities.

`The research pulls together the growing body of theoretical and empirical evidence supporting this claim and clearly demonstrates that the effective integration of cultural services can help ensure something is provided for everyone in the community'.

The research, Realising the potential of cultural services - making a difference to the quality of life, is jointly funded by the Arts Council of England, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association, Countryside Agency, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Environment Agency, Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management, Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, Local Government Association, Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, Sport England, and the West Midlands Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association.

Following the launch today, the partners involved in this project will seek to further develop work with colleagues in the health, education, community safety and regeneration sectors to promote and research the impact of cultural services on these common central and local agendas.

NOTES

1) The project is also supported by Business in Sport and Leisure, the Children's Play Council, the English Tourism Council and the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers.

2) The research was undertaken by Fred Coalter at the Centre for Leisure Research, University of Edinburgh.

3) Copies of the report can be obtained from the LGA's website.

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