Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts
On the eve of an Olympic Games that has promised to “inspire a generation of young people through sport”, research has indicated a 60% drop in the amount of time dedicated to organising school sport nationwide in the wake of government cuts.
The research, compiled by Labour through Freedom of Information requests to 150 top tier local authorities, shows there are now 110 fewer School Sport Partnerships – local networks of organised school sport – than there were before the cuts in 2009/10, a decline of 37%.
Almost half of local authorities (48%) recorded a decrease in the number of School Sport Partnerships, while 28% no longer have any
Owen Gobson | The Guardian | July 18th 2012
Information commissioner welcomes ‘step change’ in transparency
Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, heralds the coalition’s open data white paper as “a step change” in commitment to transparency in government and public services.
Among the aims outlined in the paper are easier access to public data, more standardised formatting and embedding a ‘presumption to publish’ most data. In Graham’s view, the document represents an extension of the progress made over a number of years with freedom of information.
“We don’t see open data as a replacement for freedom of information,” he explains. “You still need to have access to other information under freedom of information, email and reports and so on. There are two things together – data sets and the more traditional record – which lead to true openness. But on the whole, a big tick.”
Gill Hitchcock | The Guardian | July 18th 2012