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Today, John Mann MP published research into the scandal of low levels of Arts and Sports funding in former coalfield communities ahead of a debate in parliament. 

My research has revealed a huge disparity in Arts and Sports Funding between London and the former English coalfields. Since I first highlighted this issue to Parliament in 2007, it remains the case that some London boroughs receive more funding than entire regions of the UK. Indeed, Islington has received more Arts Council funding in absolute terms than large parts of the former coalfields, let alone on a per capita basis.

 

For the last 10 years, I have repeatedly drawn Ministers’ attention to the deficit of culture spending on the coalfields. Whilst residents in some places are falling over dance studios, orchestras and operas, people in my area must travel miles to get anything like the same quality of provision.

 

A lack of access to theatres, concerts and museums puts children in the former coalfields at a severe disadvantage compared to their peers in London. A lack of sporting facilities compound inequalities in health outcomes and deny vital opportunities to young people simply because of where they grow up.

 

I am calling on the government to act to make sure every child has the same access, wherever they grow up. That means Ministers immediately holding the Arts Council and Sport England to account over the public money they distribute and making sure that coalfield areas like mine get the funding they deserve. Those distributing public money have a responsibility to ensure fair access, and to work with communities to ensure that all share in the benefits.

 

Read my full report here.

My Yorkshire Post piece on this issue can be read here

John Mann MP publishes 'Culture in the Coalfields'

Today, John Mann MP published research into the scandal of low levels of Arts and Sports funding in former coalfield communities ahead of a debate in parliament. 

John Mann MP says that today’s announcement by the Serious Fraud Office that Barclays Bank PLC and four former senior executives including former CEO John Varley are to be charged with conspiracy to commit fraud has taken far too long.

Today the SFO announced that after five years of investigation they have charged the bank and four of their former executives for the role they played in securing loans from a Qatari Investment fund at the height of the financial crisis in 2008.

 

John Mann MP said “In 2012 when this investigation was first announced I called on the SFO to stop playing catch up and divert more resources to this investigation to find out what exactly had gone on.”

 

John Mann continued “It has taken far too long for the CEOs and senior executives who helped cause the financial crash with their reckless leadership to be held accountable for their actions.”

 

“We also need to know why it has taken the SFO so long to bring this case to court”

John Mann MP Says SFO Barclays Charges Have Taken Too Long

John Mann MP says that today’s announcement by the Serious Fraud Office that Barclays Bank PLC and four former senior executives including former CEO John Varley are to be charged...

Following reports today that the National Trust is facing a legal challenge from Ineos Shale, John Mann MP has called for an end to “bully-boy tactics” in the Fracking industry.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann commented: “Ineos is starting seismic testing this week across 250 square km of the East Midlands.”

“The National Trust refused to allow Ineos access to carry out tests on its land. Now Ineos is not only threatening to sue but refusing to give a share of the 6 per cent of total revenues it has pledged to landowners and communities.”

“It is absolutely right that the National Trust wants to protect our places of natural beauty. Local people will be deeply unimpressed by Ineos’ bully-boy tactics.”

John Mann MP calls for end to Fracking "bully-boy tactics"

Following reports today that the National Trust is facing a legal challenge from Ineos Shale, John Mann MP has called for an end to “bully-boy tactics” in the Fracking industry....


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