A total of £1m is set to be reinvested in culture and leisure services across Northumberland.
Active Northumberland, the charity and limited company which provides leisure management and development on behalf of the council, will expand from April 1 to deliver the full range of cultural services including arts strategy and development, library services, tourism strategy and development, cultural strategy, visitor information, and heritage development.
Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, is making a £1m charitable contribution to Active Northumberland.
Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey said: “This is great news for leisure and cultural services in Northumberland.
“Through looking at how we provide services through our ‘family’ of companies we have been able to sustain a good level of investment in leisure, tourism and culture, while reducing the council’s contribution.
“This is an exciting opportunity and the sort of measure that we are able to consider in Northumberland – and which goes some way to combatting the impact of national austerity measures.”
Active Northumberland chairwoman Coun Susan Dungworth added: “Leisure and culture is strongly referenced as part of the council’s corporate priorities, and this reinvestment will help us to continue to work creatively to protect good quality services for residents and visitors, and ensure the services we manage on behalf of the council have a long and positive future.”