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Sector leaders call for urgent action from Government as energy costs put leisure facilities and pools at risk of closure within six months

Source: UK Active 02.06.22



A coalition of leading bodies in the physical activity sector has written to the Government calling for urgent support to save leisure facilities from going under as they face a rise in energy costs of up to 150% on last year.

ukactive, the Local Government Association, the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA), Swim England, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and Community Leisure UK (CLUK), sent a letter on Monday to Michael Gove and Nadine Dorries – the Secretaries of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport respectively.

In the letter the organisations issue a stark warning about the consequences if facilities do not receive urgent relief from the Government.

In a survey of ukactive members, public leisure operators were asked about the impact on their facilities if there is no financial support to mitigate against the increases and projected increases to energy costs over the coming months.

Up to 79% of public leisure facilities say that without support they are ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to cease operations within the next six months.

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