Why we work with local government

Local authorities and the Arts Council serve the same public; we believe that we can serve them better by working together. By combining our efforts we can, and do, make a greater contribution to communities than if we worked alone.

Read the Arts Council and Local Government plans to work in partnership on a vision for culture. From the LGA's culture, sport and tourism conference on 3 March 2011.

Download our Chair, Liz Forgan's letter to Councillor Chris White Chair, Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, LGA.

Download Councillor Chris White's response to Liz Forgan.

Living places

The Arts Council is part of ‘living places’, an alliance of public bodies who believe everyone should benefit from the arts, sport, public spaces, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, the built environment and the creative industries, regardless of where they live. The aim of living places is to ensure that all communities, particularly those experiencing housing-led growth and regeneration, can benefit from cultural and sporting opportunities. By working together, the partners will ensure that culture is embedded in the development of our villages, towns and cities alongside other key areas of provision such as healthcare and transport.

Culture and sport planning toolkit

A key part of the living places offer is the Culture and sport planning toolkit. For the first time, this toolkit brings together a combination of existing and new tools to incorporate planning for culture and sport into new and existing developments. The toolkit is hosted on the living places website.

Arts, museums and new development: a standard charge approach

Working with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council we have developed a standard charge approach to arts and museums. Infrastructure planning and delivery is very important in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to experience great art. The standard charge approach explains how local authority planners can secure developer contributions for new or enhanced arts provision through new developments in an area. The work is an important part of the Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit, and is hosted on the living places website.

The Community Infrastructure Levy

Local authorities and the cultural sector, working with local communities, need to take account of the most appropriate artistic and cultural facilities to ensure a place is worth visiting, working and living in. Local authorities can secure resources through the planning system to help provide appropriate and high quality cultural provision. 

This advice note explains the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which allows local authorities to raise funds towards infrastructure needed to support the development of their areas. A large number of local authorities are intending to use CIL, and are developing draft charging schedules.

These justify the level of the levy, and what categories of infrastructure the funds collected will be spent on. This note explains how the needs for cultural and arts infrastructure in association with new development can be established and fed into the CIL process. It helps planning, culture and arts professionals involved with development of the levy how to best exploit it in order to ensure that the arts and culture can be part of everybody's lives.

Download The Community Infrastructure Levy: advice note for culture, arts and planning professionals