Laura Sharman 25 October 2017

‘Sugar tax’ helps double funding for sports in schools

‘Sugar tax’ helps double funding for sports in schools image

Funding to help primary schools improve the quality of their PE and sport provision has been doubled to £320m a year, the Government has announced.

The extra money – made possible due to the new levy on sugary drinks – will help tackle childhood obesity and improve the health of pupils.

A £100m Healthy Pupil Capital Fund will also improve sports facilities, playgrounds, kitchens and dining facilities in schools.

Public health minister Steve Brine said: ‘The school environment is critical in shaping a healthy lifestyle, which is why we are using the money from the soft drinks industry levy to double the PE and sport premium. This is another positive outcome from our world leading Childhood Obesity Plan.

‘Healthy eating, physical activity and sport not only help tackle childhood obesity, but can also have a positive impact on pupils’ behaviour, attendance, concentration and attainment, helping children to reach their potential.’

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV image

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.
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