UK Sport and Culture Inquiry
19 January 2018
In a new inquiry launched on 17 January 2018, the UK
Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Committee is to investigate ways in which taking part
in the arts, cultural activities and sport can have a positive
impact on health, community and education.
Participation in culture and sport has a proven link to a wide
range of benefits. The Committee is expected to focus on five major
themes, taking evidence on social mobility, health, crime
reduction, education, community engagement and diversity. The
legacy of the Olympics may also be considered as part of the
The Committee is keen to hear from specific case studies of
success. There is no single cross-Government strategy of support
for this work - alongside funding from Arts Council England and
other government bodies, projects are largely run by charities and
private organisations. Often projects are delivered in isolation
rather than in partnership with public bodies which could extend
their reach and influence. The inquiry would seek to draw the
Government's attention to the importance of these activities and
'join up' currently separated departmental efforts.
Terms of reference
- Which programmes best demonstrate the positive social impact
that participating in sport and culture can have on the five
central themes of this inquiry?
- How can access to cultural and sporting professions be improved
to enable greater diversity? How can the Government build a
pipeline of talent?
- Why has the Government not co-ordinated its efforts more
- Where are the examples of departmental best practice and how
could it be shared?
- Has the sport sector been better for social mobility than the
arts? If so, why?
- How can museums, galleries and other cultural venues boost
access and social impact?
The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations
and others with relevant expertise, on the terms of reference by
22 FEBRUARY 2018. Evidence can be submitted via
the evidence portal.
Each submission should:
- be no more than 3,000 words in length
- be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as
- have numbered paragraphs
Further information regarding submitting evidence to Committees
is available on the Parliament's website.
Sport and the arts are devolved matters and therefore within the
remit of the Scottish Parliament but
broadcasting is not.
The UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee monitors the
policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies,
including the BBC, on behalf of the House of Commons and the
electorate. It also conducts inquiries into areas of current
interest within its remit, for example: Future of the BBC, New
developments in broadcasting, Online Safety and Women and Sport.
The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks written
oral evidence from a wide range of relevant groups and