Swimming: Birmingham

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Chair, West Midlands Regional Select Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided to Birmingham to meet the costs of free swimming for (a) senior citizens and (b) young people since the inception of its free swimming programmes.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

The Free Swimming Programme (FSP) is a £140 million package comprising contributions from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Birmingham is one of 261 local councils offering free swimming and has received £248,027 for the over 60s and £574,019 for the under 16s.

All authorities participating in the FSP for both the over 60s and the under 16s also received an additional share of remaining FSP funds, of which Birmingham was allocated £57,338.

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