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Playing to win – a new era for sport



10 June 2008

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham, and Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe today set out their vision for sport in a speech to national governing bodies at Lords cricket ground today.

Massive sport reform to spearhead 2012 legacy plans


6 June 2008

Free swimming plan for over 60s at the forefront

Free swimming hailed as vision for the future as 2012 Legacy Action Plan is launched


6 June 2008

A new £140 million fund to boost sport and fitness through free swimming for over 60s was announced today as the centrepiece of the Government’s plan to ensure a lasting sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Ministers meet to tackle problem premises


5 June 2008

Police, local authorities and Government Ministers met today to discuss stepping up the use of powers designed to clamp down on those who sell alcohol irresponsibly.

Five hour 'find your talent scheme' moves a step closer with ten pilot areas named


29 May 2008

Joint DCMS/DCSF press release

Ten areas around the country are to pilot the Government’s £25 million Find your Talent programme to give young people the chance to encounter a range of high-quality cultural experiences for five hours a week both in and outside of school. 

Bringing the outside in - schools encouraged to discover local heritage and architecture to bring the curriculum to life


23 May 2008

New creative learning programme for schools beginning in September 2008

Exploring the monastic ruins of Fountain’s Abbey in Yorkshire, inter-acting with the futuristic design of Leicester’s brand new John Lewis, or studying the layout of your local high street could be on the books for children as part of the Government’s ‘Engaging Places’ plan to offer schools ways to connect with their local heritage and architecture.

Jowell welcomes IOC report on London 2012


22 May 2008

Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell has welcomed the report by the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission on progress towards 2012. 


Out of the frying pan, into the...heritage - Margaret Hodge ‘lists’ two art deco south London sausage shops


21 May 2008

Two sausage shops in South London were today listed as Grade II buildings, by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge.

Design your own playground: Ministers launch website to get kids views on play


20 May 2008

Joint DCMS/DCSF press release

Preparing Britain for the future—the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09


14 May 2008

The Government has today published Preparing Britain for the Future - the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09, which sets out the UK Government’s plans for legislative and key non-legislative action in next year’s Parliamentary session.

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