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leisure opportunities 22 March – 5 aPrIL 2011 ISSUE 550 Daily news & jobs: PwC: Leisure spending to increase pETE Hayman

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found that leisure is set to account for nearly a quarter of total consumer expenditure by 2030. PwC’s latest UK Economic

Outlook reported that house- hold spending on recreation had increased by 3.5 per cent between 1963 and 2009. Consumers have increased

spending on restaurants and hotels during the same 46-year period by 0.4 per cent, which is set to continue growing in the coming two decades. PwC said that the increases

in ‘superior goods’ such as hospitality and recreation will be in part due to an age- ing population. Overall, spending is expected to grow by 1 per cent in 2011 compared with 2010, “lagging behind” an anticipated increase in gross domestic product (GDP).

DCMS ‘has improved’ financial management

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Te Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has “improved the maturity” of its financial manage- ment, according to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report. In its report, the spending watch-

dog said the department had shown ‘good’ management of finances in its Olympic programme that should be replicated across its entire remit. However, the NAO also found that

the DCMS had taken the decision to merge or axe arms-length bodies without fully considering the costs.


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Spending on restaurants and hotels has grown 0.4 per cent since 1963 “As spending shiſts further towards leisure,

recreational or more indulgent activities, new uses for existing space will develop,” said UK retail and consumer leader Mark Hudson.

New Responsibility Deal launched

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A range of leisure and hospitality groups have signed up to a new deal to help tackle some of the UK’s most pressing public health issues. Te British Hospitality Association, Business

in Sport and Leisure and the British Beer and Pub Association are among signatories of the Responsibility Deal, along with SkillsActive. Among the key collective pledges announced

by health secretary Andrew Lansley is the introduction of calorie counters on menus and increasing physical activity at work. Other signatories include the Youth

Sport Trust, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, Sport and Recreation Alliance, the

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Lansley has called for more organisations to sign up

Fitness Industry Association and the Amateur Swimming Association. Lansley said: “While I’m pleased that more

than 170 organisations have already signed up, we want more organisations to do so.”

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Lancashire aims to secure an Ashes Test in 2013

High Court backing for Old Trafford plans

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Trafford Council’s decision to approve plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment of Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground has been upheld by the High Court. Derwent Holdings, the owner of the

nearby White City retail park, had applied for a judicial review of the decision, which has been dismissed by the court. Lancashire County Cricket Club said the

decision means that the latest £32m stage of investment can now commence, which will include new stands and pitches.

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