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Council Reduces Barnsley Premier Leisure's Funding

Tuesday February 26 2013

BARNSLEY Council is set to pull more than 20 per cent of its funding to Barnsley Premier Leisure.

Tim Wilson, chief executive of BPL, warned the reduction will have a 'substantial impact' on the services it can offer.

The council has decided to reduce the amount paid to Barnsley Premier Leisure by £100,000 from April and by a further £100,000 next year.

A council paper shows it paid the not-for-profit organisation £1,031,932 for 2012/13 to operate leisure centres such as the Metrodome and others in borough.

Mr Wilson said: "BPL has invested heavily over the past two years on its facilities to increase income streams, but a cut of this magnitude will have substantial impact on the services we can offer."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 13:07
I think the council has no choice other than to do this. It's not as though BPL are cheap as a result of the subsidies they get. They need to make things pay on a commercial basis like every other gym / private pool etc. manages to do. by widening the services they offer rather than the knee jerk reaction of saying they'll do less as quoted above.