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Swimming: Finance

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what central funding will be given to local authorities to meet the Government’s pledge of offering free swimming to the over 60s and under 16s; and what mechanism and methodology will be used to calculate the funding to each local authority. (222836)

£15 million per annum will be provided according to a formula based on the size of the local 60 or over population to those local authorities who choose to provide free swimming for this group. £25 million per annum will be available to provide free swimming for those aged 16 or under. Allocations will be determined subject to expressions of interest.

In addition, we are providing a total of £60 million for capital projects designed to modernise pool provision, which are integrated with free swimming.