The Association of Play Industries (API) are campaigning hard during the run up to the General Election to pressurise candidates to provide urgent investment into children’s playgrounds. From their December newsletter:
The general election on 12 December represents a chance to demand far-reaching changes in policies affecting children and a long overdue opportunity to place children at the heart of policies. Childhood inactivity is one of the chief causes of spiralling childhood obesity and poor mental health among children.
We are calling on the next government to provide urgent and sustained investment in public playgrounds before they disappear for good, by funding and empowering local authorities to:
- Reinstate the hundreds of playgrounds that have been closed in recent years
- Cease plans for any planned closures
- Undertake local audits of playgrounds in the community
- Secure the long-term sustainability of public playgrounds by providing ringfenced funds solely for this purpose for the duration of the next parliament and beyond
You can find out more about the campaign from the API’s website.