Areas assess cultural role

Five growth and regeneration areas have been selected in a government scheme to ensure communities benefit from cultural facilities.

The Thames Gateway, the South West region, Elevate East Lancashire, Corby and Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) have been chosen for the Living Places Partnership.

The joint programme between the DCLG and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport seeks to promote the role of culture in developing communities and making liveable places.

"By working together at central, regional and national level, we can learn valuable lessons on how to build communities," said junior housing minister Iain Wright.

PUSH chairman Sean Woodward said recognition of good work at local level is welcome but added that it is too early to say what benefits the scheme will bring.

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