The importance of culture, leisure and sport in addressing issues such as social inclusion, health and crime is becoming increasingly apparent. Government Offices work with a range of regional and local partners to identify where links can be made with other government programmes at local level.
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We provide regional intelligence from local knowledge to influence policy
development and build relationships within the regional sectors, working
closely with DCMS’s main delivery mechanisms the DCMS Non
Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB’s):
- Arts Council
- English Heritage
- Sport England
- Museums, Libraries & Archives (MLA)
- One North East on tourism.
We provide regular and timely regional intelligence and advice to DCMS and
it’s policy divisions on emerging issues and opportunities both
within the cultural sector and external to it. We intervene as appropriate
to help address issues and problems, and look ahead to potential
opportunities and challenges for the department and its funded bodies.
We support the championing of DCMS policies and an improved understanding
of their impact on the North East through a DCMS regional twinning
programme. We organise a quarterly visit programme which engages with key
stakeholders and businesses in the North East to build relationships and
provide intelligence which will help influence national policy.
As a member of the North East Cultural Agencies Partnership (NECAP) we work
with the four principle agencies of Arts Council North East, English
Heritage, Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) and Sport England to help
develop and deliver a regional plan on issues where they are working
collaboratively. They each take the lead on key areas which are:
- Arts Council England – cultural Olympiad
- English Heritage – regional strategy
- Sport England – local authority improvement
- MLA – place shaping.
The economic impact of DCMS sectors is key for the North East, and we work
closely with One North East who lead on tourism, creative industries and
the digital sector.
Local authorities play a key role in delivering the DCMS agenda in the
community. We are a partner on the local authority DCMS Officers network
group on which all of the NDPBs are represented. This proactive group
covers issues affecting regional cultural activities, for example working
with a subgroup on a local authority improvement project.
We support the contribution of our universities through membership of the
Universities for the North East (U4NE) Cultural Committee covering issues
such as their role in the development of the Great North Museum,
DigitalCity and the impact of Arts and Culture on health. Universities also
have a key role in sports and sports participation, performance sports and
the North East 2012 ambitions.
We have a specific role in working with local authorities and facilitating
solutions where there is no single specific lead organisation such as
Children & Young People and where we have the lead role on resilience