We actively engage in consultations and dialogue with government and policy makers. Below are some examples of our work.
Citizenship and Civic Engagement
The House of Lords has set up a Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement to look at the meaning of UK citizenship and civic engagement and consider barriers to involvement. Its call for evidence closed on 8 September 2017. Prof Andrew Miles, Dr Jill Ebrey and Ruth Webber submitted written evidence.
Running free: consultation on preserving the free use of public parks
This investigation by the Department for Communities and Local Government considered feedback on the ability and appropriateness of local authorities charging for the use of public parks and it focused on parkrun and junior parkrun. Dr Abigail Gilmore and Prof Andrew Miles submitted written evidence.
The consultation was widely covered in the media:
- Ban on council park fun run fees proposed in England
- Councils to be banned from charging runners who take part in regular Saturday morning ‘Parkruns’
- Council condemned for charging runners to use park
Public parks inquiry
The Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into public parks considered the impact of funding cuts to local authorities’ budgets. Dr Abigail Gilmore submitted written evidence.
The report has been published and is awaiting the Government’s response.
Clive Betts MP Chair of the Committee, said:
“Whether it is kicking the ball about with friends, joining a parkrun, walking the dog or just relaxing with a paperback, people value their local parks. But with councils under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks, these precious community resources may be at risk.”
Countries of Culture inquiry
This Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry considered the work of the Arts Council England, the balance of arts funding and Britain’s cultural sector and ways to promote UK’s cultural wealth. Dr Abigail Gilmore and Dr Lisanne Gibson gave oral evidence. The inquiry is now closed and the final report is publicly available.
Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee, said:
“Strong local leadership, and innovation from regional arts and cultural organisations has produced some remarkable successes but more needs to be done to avoid further closures of small museums and galleries, as funding from local authority’s declines.”