Back us or risk losing half UK’s public leisure centres, industry warns

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Trade bodies urge MPs to act to plug £800m shortfall caused by Covid-19 lockdown

Nearly half of Britain’s public leisure centres face going under by Christmas, putting more than 58,000 jobs at risk and hitting the most deprived areas of the UK hardest, because of the devastating financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

That is the stark warning from both UK Active and Community Leisure UK, which have told the Guardian that 1,300 of the 2,727 leisure centres funded by local authorities and 20% of the UK’s swimming pools could close for good over the next six months unless the government steps in.

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