Edinburgh Leisure, the arms-length company which operates sport and leisure facilities on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, has released figures claiming its value to the city is at least £32.5 million.
The firm, set up as a not-for-profit social enterprise, said an independent report showed it delivered an economic return of nearly 3.5 times its funding. The council invests about £9m in Edinburgh Leisure annually.
The Social Return on Investment (SROI) report claimed leisure facilities avoided £25.5m in potential healthcare costs, cut sickness absence with a value of £5.2m and delivered mental health benefits costed at £2m per annum.
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