Team GB’s outstanding successes in the Olympics have already stimulated big increases in interest in specific sports – including cycling and swimming. Kent Green Party is concerned that local government in Kent and Medway may not have the funds in future to sustain many local sports associations. Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, explains:
“Local Government supports sports associations with grants. But planned further cuts in local government spending may diminish such grants. It is already the case that Local Government has borne a disproportionate share of public expenditure cuts(1).
“Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, tried to cut £162 million from the school sports partnership funding in 2010 and was forced by public protest to retain £47 million of spending in this area. But current sports spending is too low, is only guaranteed at the current level until 2016 and the Government is cutting all funds for 6th form level PE.
“As Dame Kelly Holmes and other Olympic contestants have suggested, two hour compulsory PE is a minimum standard which should be used in all schools. This target was dropped by Michael Gove when he cut the school sports partnerships.
“So the Government is guilty of facing two ways: claiming it will up sports spending for schools which it has been cutting back; and threatening further deep cuts in local government spending which will reduce grants to sports associations. Once again, the Coalition has been quick to cut but slow to collect taxes from the wealthiest groups and corporations.”
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1. Including over 145,000 job losses - http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=103795 - and a massive 60% cut in the housing budget despite Kent and Medway having about 45,000 households on social housing waiting lists: part of about 1.8 million such households countrywide.