Free Swimming Programme
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The purpose of the report was to outline the Department of Culture Media and Sports (DCMS) proposal for free swimming as publically announced in June 2008. The report detailed the level of grant support available to the Council and the various options that were being proposed. It also provided an overview of the practical issues relating to the implementation of the scheme and the current position of other districts and their anticipated response to the offer.
1) the Government grant of £47,574 be accepted to offer free swimming for people aged 60 and over;
2) an expression of interest be submitted to roll out the scheme to people under the age of 16 subject to the Department of Culture Media and Sports (DCMS) clarification of arrangements for pools managed by third parties; and
3) Officers be instructed to write to the DCMS and express concern over the time given to consider this, the two year funding opportunity and the transfer of the risk of potential overspend to the local authority and its ability to set the Council tax.
Reasons for the decision:
The scheme would make swimming more accessible to the residents of Breckland whilst providing an opportunity to increase participation in sport and physical activity. The health benefits of such a scheme were clear and in addition it would provide a legacy for the Breckfest programme.
Alternative options considered:
1) Not to take part in the scheme.
2) To sign up to provide free swimming for people aged 60 and over.
3) To sign up to provide free swimming to people aged 60 and over and submit an expression of interest to provide free swimming to people aged 16 and under.
Report author: Riana Rudland
Publication date: 11/09/2008
Date of decision: 09/09/2008
Decided at meeting: 09/09/2008 - Cabinet
Effective from: 19/09/2008