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Free Gym and Swimming - BIRMINGHAM ONLY

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7y, 4m agoFound 7 years, 4 months ago
Not officially announced until Monday, but has been leaked in local press. Link to Evening Mail coverage

Every Birmingham resident will be able to use a gym and swimming pool free of charge from September under radical new plans being drawn up to get people to lose weight.

City council chiefs hope its new Be Active scheme open to people aged 17 to 59 will make people fit, not fat.

Under the £9.3 million initiative, they will get free off peak access to local authority-run pools and leisure centres.
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#1
Heat and rep added!

A true bargain :)
#2
Live in Solihull Borough Council next door so nothing for us

But when you get the Lowest metropolitan central support grant whereas birmingham gets a fortune then its expected!:x
#3
well I am just on the border of sandwell and Birmingham 1 mile up the road and I would be in Brum so nothing for us :(
#4
an excellent find - H&R added
#5
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was wanting to start going swimming but wondering how I'm going to find the extra money, so I'm really chuffed!!! Thank you for telling us this!!!! :D:D:D:D
#6
starsailor that is bull****, Solihull, get a a lot, especially in proportion to its population, it is just siphoned off by the airport and certain projects. Letsjust hope that sooner rather than later birmingham airport and solihull gets absorbed by Birmingham
#7
OperateOnMe
starsailor that is bull****, Solihull, get a a lot, especially in proportion to its population, it is just siphoned off by the airport and certain projects. Letsjust hope that sooner rather than later birmingham airport and solihull gets absorbed by Birmingham


Unlikely to happen! and shows what people don't know about public finance

1. Birmingham Airport is a private business and any support is given by a consortium of councils including Solihull and Birmingham

2. The same applies for the NEC

3. Offical Figures ( Source DLG)

Local Authority 2009 Sub-National Population Revenue Support Grant Formula Grant
(Number of people) (£ million) (£ million)

WEST MIDLANDS
Birmingham 1,015,445 123.783 660.074
Solihull 205,083 10.100 53.858

4 times the size 12 times the RSG and 12 times the Total Grant

Hardly suprising they can spend money on this!
#8
starsailor123uk
Unlikely to happen! and shows what people don't know about public finance

1. Birmingham Airport is a private business and any support is given by a consortium of councils including Solihull and Birmingham

2. The same applies for the NEC

3. Offical Figures ( Source DLG)

Local Authority 2009 Sub-National Population Revenue Support Grant Formula Grant
(Number of people) (£ million) (£ million)

WEST MIDLANDS
Birmingham 1,015,445 123.783 660.074
Solihull 205,083 10.100 53.858

4 times the size 12 times the RSG and 12 times the Total Grant

Hardly suprising they can spend money on this!


A lot of people in Solihull are loaded. If you look on MSN there's a crime map, Solihull is in green meaning low crime rate, and Birmingham etc is deep deep red. They need more money as the crime rate's really high, and the amount of people who are on really low wages are high too.
#9
midjet666
A lot of people in Solihull are loaded. If you look on MSN there's a crime map, Solihull is in green meaning low crime rate, and Birmingham etc is deep deep red. They need more money as the crime rate's really high, and the amount of people who are on really low wages are high too.


This. +1.
#10
this is brilliant i was thinkin of joinin a gym, i hope this is true.
#11
midjet666
A lot of people in Solihull are loaded. If you look on MSN there's a crime map, Solihull is in green meaning low crime rate, and Birmingham etc is deep deep red. They need more money as the crime rate's really high, and the amount of people who are on really low wages are high too.


1. You've obviously never been to North Solihull!

2. Spend the extra money on reducing crime not gimmicks

OK fair enough dont want a forum to generate into a political debate and the point was more that if the idea generally is a sensible way forward to promote health ( like age-mobility through the bus passes for over 65s) then move it forward nationally. The original posting was more about expanding the idea rather than knocking it:friends:
#12
starsailor123uk
1. You've obviously never been to North Solihull!

2. Spend the extra money on reducing crime not gimmicks

OK fair enough dont want a forum to generate into a political debate and the point was more that if the idea generally is a sensible way forward to promote health ( like age-mobility through the bus passes for over 65s) then move it forward nationally. The original posting was more about expanding the idea rather than knocking it:friends:


They will be expanding it hopefully- they're doing it as like a test run thingy. I don't actually think I'll be eligible as I'm under Sandwell Council and not Birmingham Council, but we are all classed as Birmingham, so hopefully we all will get it- if we're eligible. You have to fit a certain criteria. It's probably those on certain benefits etc.
#13
I'm going to Uni in Birmingham in October. Would I be able to make use?
#14
saykred
I'm going to Uni in Birmingham in October. Would I be able to make use?


Not sure- most probably but I read on this website that you have to fit a certain criteria, but it didn't say what exactly.
#15
No criteria other than having a Passport to Leisure card. Its free for all for 18 months, funded by the Government to the tune of £9 million. Then the Council will have to fund it themselves or end the scheme.
#16
Has anyone got a direct link to more information from the Council on this? Nothing I can find on the website.
#17
At the risk of bumping my own thread, this scheme is now up and running (I checked with my local place yesterday).

All you need to do is take your Council Tax bill and a utiility bill with you and you will be issued a Passport to Leisure card. At Tiverton Road (Selly Oak) the gym use is 7-5 weekdays and after 1 on a Saturday. Swimming is whenever there is a general swim session on.

Linky to council website for info http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/gym4free

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