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All playgrounds in Wales should include accessible equipment by law, says AM

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A Labour minister is calling for a change in the law to make it compulsory for all playgrounds in Wales to include accessible play equipment to make them more inclusive.

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells has made a bid for the National Assembly for Wales to support her call for the new law.

The purpose of the Bill would be to improve inclusive play opportunities by placing a duty on local authorities so that they must provide play equipment that meet the needs of children with disabilities.

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Ms Howells said that in 2010, Wales was the first country in the world to legislative for children’s play but added that the law that was passed did not include any specific provisions relating to accessible playground provision.

“Since then, I have seen many good examples of local authorities putting in place measures to ensure their play areas are inclusive, such as the work carried out by RCT in Cilfynydd.

“However, there is still an insufficiency of opportunities for disabled children and young people to play safely, securely and with their needs being met.

“My proposal would address this, and I hope AMs support my motion”.

In a debate yesterday other ministers challenged the proposal claiming a change in legislation was not the appropriate action to promote inclusive play.

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