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MPs launch inquiry into benefits of culture on health and education

The inquiry will investigate the health and social benefits of engagement with the arts. Photo: Shutterstock
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MPs are to investigate how taking part in arts and cultural activities have a positive impact on health, community and education.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry that will take a look at how taking part in arts and cultural activities, as well as sport, impacts social mobility, health, crime reduction, education and community engagement.

The committee said it was “keen to hear from specific case studies of success”, adding that there “is no single cross-government strategy of support for this work”.

“Often projects are delivered in isolation rather than in partnership with public bodies that 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,” it said.

Areas it seeks to address include how access to cultural and sporting professions can be improved to enable greater diversity and how the government can build a pipeline of talent.

Evidence from the public and organisations is invited until February 22.

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