Building on PAT10: Progress Report on Social Inclusion

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Department of Culture Media and Sport

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This document reports on the extent to which arts, sport and leisure have become part of neighbourhood renewal programmes, as recommended in the 1999 PAT10 policy document. The report argues that ‘If having nowhere to go and nothing constructive to do is as much a part of living in a distressed community as poor housing or high crime levels, culture and sport provide a good part of the answer to rebuilding a decent quality of life there.’

As a measure of progress in implementing the recommendations of PAT10, this report notes that ‘sponsored bodies’ such as Arts Council England and other government departments ‘have accepted social inclusion as a genuine objective for culture and sport.’

Chapter 2 of this report focuses on the arts, and it is noted that ‘The Arts Council (England) has made a firm commitment to diversity and inclusion’ and that ‘… it will seek to promote good practice and to demonstrate the impact that the arts can have in relation to community development, neighbourhood renewal and regeneration.’

It is also noted that ‘DCMS is committed, as part of its Action Plan for tackling Social Exclusion, to a programme of research into the impact of culture and leisure on individuals and communities.’ In addition, reference is made to the intention of Arts Council England ‘to develop a coherent programme of evaluation of work being undertaken in a community setting, testing various approaches to evaluating the impact of the arts throughout England.’

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Access upon request

APA Citation:

DCMS (2001). Building on PAT10: Progress Report on Social Inclusion. London:HMSO.