Children hardest hit by Tory cuts, says Ed Balls as 400 new play areas set to be cancelled

Responding to reports tonight that Michael Gove will this week announce that £20m is to be cut from funding for new children’s play areas – meaning around 400 new play areas will no longer be built – shadow children and education secretary Ed Balls said:

“As children start going back to school this week, this will be a huge disappointment for families across the country. It’s a double blow for hundreds of communities which have also seen their new school buildings cancelled. And it will hit hundreds of private sector jobs while the economy is still fragile.

“After the cuts to school buildings, university places and youth jobs programme it’s increasingly clear that children, young people and families are being hardest hit by Tory-Lib Dem cuts.

“Michael Gove should learn from the mistakes he made over the cancellation of the school building programme. He must come clean to parents and publish an accurate list of all the play areas he is cancelling.

“Labour’s Children’s Plan set out the biggest ever investment in children’s play and out of school activities for young people too. The government is acting in a short-termist way by cancelling many of the programmes aimed at improving child health and saving money in the longer-term.

“Axing nutritional standards in new Academy schools, cutting free school meals for half a million children and cancelling new play areas will hinder not help the battle against child obesity.”

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Posted August 28th, 2010 by Ed's team

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