As the end to energy cost relief draws to a close, a coalition of more than 200 bodies and individuals have made an urgent plea for greater support for grassroots facilities. The letter, written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has asked him to pledge greater support for grassroots facilities and clubs amidst the ongoing energy crisis.
On the 31st of March, support for swimming pools, leisure centres, community facilities and gyms will end. Many of these face permanent closures and reduced services, with energy bills up to 200% higher than normal. These costs are likely to impact the poorest families and individuals.
The latest research from ukactive’s members shows that 31% of council areas in England are still at risk of losing leisure centres or reducing services. Around 350 facilities have already seen service restrictions and temporary and permanent closures since October 2022.
Their letter has warned that the retraction of the Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBRS) could sign the end for many facilities, especially swimming pools. To that end, CIMSPA has teamed up with the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) to find out more about the pressures put on the workforce due to the energy crisis.
The Workforce Impact Survey, which is open to any individual working in sports and leisure facilities all around the UK, is particularly looking for individuals working at pools. The survey only takes a few minutes and will provide valuable insights toward securing extra government support.
To find out more and complete the survey, see here.