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Taking Part Counts: the contribution of art, culture and sport to national outcomes

The report 'Taking Part Counts - examines the contribution of art, culture and sport to national outcomes'.

A crucial debate is underway on the future place of art, culture and sport in the new set of national outcomes that will be at the centre of the Comprehensive Spending Review. The LGA and IDeA would like to see a focus on encouraging people to take part in art, culture and sport and ensuring that the participation of under-represented groups is addressed. Taking part counts the contribution of art, culture and sport to national outcomes describes the benefits of participation the positive impacts on health, educational attainment, community cohesion and safety, and economic vitality of taking part in cultural and sporting activities. It calls on government to streamline the indicators related to cultural services, focus on measuring participation and consider the options for a national survey, alongside further strengthening of the evidence base on the benefits of participation.

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