The DCMS's aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.
Our vision is to extend excellence and improve access in all our many sectors.
To achieve this, we have developed four strategic priorities around which we organise our work:
- Children and Young People - enhancing access to a fuller cultural and sporting life for children and young people and giving them the opportunity to develop their talents to the full
- Community - opening up our institutions to the wider community to promote lifelong learning and social cohesion
- Economy - maximising the contribution which the tourism, creative and leisure industries can make to the UK's economy
- Delivery - modernising the way we deliver our services by ensuring our sponsored bodies are set and meet targets which put consumers first
What does the DCMS do?
The DCMS is responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment.
It is also responsible for the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments, the export licensing of cultural goods, the management of the Government Art Collection and for the Royal Parks Agency
- to enhance the take-up of sporting opportunities by 5-16 year olds by increasing the percentage of school children who spend a minimum of two hours each week on high-quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum from 25% in 2002 to 75% by 2006 (joint target with the Department for Education and Skills)
- to increase significantly the take-up of cultural and sporting opportunities by new users aged 20 and above from priority groups
- to improve the productivity of the tourism, creative and leisure industries
- to improve significantly the value for money of the Department's sponsored bodies.