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Scale and significance of leisure and recreation in the UK.

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Scale and significance of leisure and recreation in the UK. In the UK leisure and recreation is a multi-billion pound industry which has a major effect on consumer spending and employment. But as the industry is so diverse it is difficult to assess exact contribution to the economy. Leisure and recreation industries sources of data are produced by several organisations on the employment figures and contribution to the economy. The best-known sources of data are published by the government and the Office for National Statistics such as social trends. Other sources of data include national and regional tourist boards, sports councils and professional bodies such as ILAM (Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management). ...read more.

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Government research shows households in the UK on average spend 18% of their weekly budget on leisure goods and services. Tax revenues The industry of leisure and recreation also contributes to the national economy through local and central government taxation. Roughly �26 billion a year goes to the central government via value added tax (VAT). Local government finances are supported by the payment of business rates. In 1995 sport attracted �9.75 billion in consumer spending, contributing �3.6 billion in taxation. Employment It is estimated that in the UK 1.7 million people are employed by the leisure and recreation industry, this accounts for 12% of the total labour force in the UK. ...read more.

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Cultural/Social significance The leisure and recreation industry has a significant impact on society. Local communities benefit greatly from the provision of public, private and voluntary sector leisure and recreation facilities and services such as libraries, museums, pubs and sports facilities. The local pub or community centre is still the focal point of many communities in the UK. Regeneration schemes have led to improvements and increased investment in many deprived or neglected areas in the UK. Major cities such as London and Glasgow have been involved with the regeneration schemes which provide investment in leisure and recreation facilities to help improve the quality of life for residents and visitors. Sports provision in community sport facilities is a method of developing community spirit and improving people's quality of life. ...read more.

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