Ross Clark Ross Clark

Everyone benefits | 9 April 2005

Gems from the Panglossian world of government press releases

Thirteen local authorities have been chosen by the government to be Cultural Pathfinders, showing how culture and sport can help to deliver government priorities across public life. The government’s social, environmental and economic agenda is to be promoted through cultural initiatives at local level. In a joint initiative with the Local Government Association (LGA), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has chosen Birmingham, Canterbury, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Liverpool, Manchester, North and South Tyneside, the London Borough of Richmond, Spelthorne, Sheffield, Somerset and Suffolk to:

* Show how culture can contribute to other government work at local level in the fields of healthy living, community safety and social cohesion

* Use culture and sport in new and experimental ways to help build sustainable communities

Culture Minister Richard Caborn said: ‘The arts and culture can be a really effective way of getting across our priorities.’

Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 18 February.

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