£1.7m Welsh play area fund places onus on accessibility

Playground Schemes Scrapped In Government Spending Cuts

A new £1.7m fund from the Welsh Government will be used to invest in accessible play solutions, equipment and areas for children across Wales.

The grant will focus on helping disabled children to access play opportunities and will support initiatives such as play libraries which children will be able to use to loan specialist toys.

The fund will also support free swimming lessons for disabled children and young people.

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Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies said the evidence shows the benefit playing makes to children, according to ITV news.

He told the broadcaster: “There is increasing concern about the mental and physical health of children and young people.

“At the same time, there is growing evidence that playing makes a significant contribution to the fitness and well-being of children and improving perceptions of well-being amongst children and their families.

“The £1.7m funding boost will help local authorities across Wales to improve play opportunities for children across Wales – helping us to work towards creating a play friendly country.”

In February a Labour minister called 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 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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