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Call for the government to invest in outdoor play to help children recover from the pandemic

The Association of Play Industries (API) has urged the government to put greater investment into outdoor play areas to help children recover from a year of lockdown.

The API has written an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock and housing, communities and local government secretary Robert Jenrick, calling for further investment in outdoor play in England.

The letter reminds the UK government of a similar pledge by the Scottish government that will see a new £60m fund to renew every play park north of the border.

The letter by Mark Hardy, Chair of API Suggests ‘The creation of a central ring-fenced funding stream to create and enhance local, doorstep play spaces would be a hugely popular measure and produce a high return on a relatively modest investment. 72% of parents of children with health issues such as obesity said that the lack of outdoor play facilities in their area played a role in their children’s problems. This is an issue about which parents care deeply, turning to crowdfunding to restore their playgrounds as the funding crisis deepens’.

‘It is now essential that the Government sets out a clear plan for investment in outdoor play, so that all children from all backgrounds across the UK have access to community, doorstep playgrounds.’

Read the full letter here.