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Culture and Leisure

The Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM) represents the policy interests of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) via the work of its Regional Policy Team.

Trudi Elliott, Regional Director GOWM also acts as the lead regional director for the Government Office network on DCMS issues.

We provide a regional focus for DCMS policies on sport, arts, museums and galleries, libraries and archives, heritage and architecture, the creative industries (music, film and broadcasting), tourism, the lottery, licensing and gambling.

DCMS supports and promotes the widest access to excellence in culture - in the arts, in museums and galleries, in architecture and in the built and the historic environment, and libraries.  We provide support to DCMS in this.

We also work to increase understanding of how creative industries and tourism can contribute much to regeneration and economic development, with an emphasis on neighbourhood renewal, education and health.

We help promote DCMS Strategic Objectives. For 2008-2011, these are:

• Opportunity: Encourage more widespread enjoyment of culture, media and sport
• Excellence: Support talent and excellence in culture, media and sport
• Economic impact: Realise the economic benefits of the Department’s sectors
• Olympics: Deliver a successful and inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Games with a sustainable legacy

This involves close working with the cultural non-departmental public bodies in the English regions and partnership working with a range of regional bodies, including Advantage West Midlands (AWM) - the Regional Development Agency, local authorities, the voluntary sector and private organisations, taking a cross-departmental approach to ensure cohesion of policy delivery.

We also work to promote and integrate the culture agenda in the work of Local Authorities and Local Strategic Partnerships, and major regional strategies such as the Regional Economic Strategy and Regional Spatial Strategy, and the new Single Regional Strategy.

Working Together

A booklet (see below) has been published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It gives a useful summary of what it does, who it works with, and why. Although aimed at local councillors it will interest anyone wanting to know more about DCMS. DCMS have also recently published a new leaflet entitled 'DCMS - About Us' which is also available to view or upload via the related documents below.

Related documents

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Contact information

Regional Policy Team
5 St Philip's Place
Colmore Row
B3 2PW
tel: 0121 352 5050
fax: 0121 352 5080
email: regional.policy@gowm.gsi.gov.uk

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