Labour promises a billion for British children
May 9, 2017 2 comments
The Labour Party has promised a substantial £1.25 billon in new funding for British children if it wins the general election next month.
The funds would be used to help improve the wellbeing of every child in the country, it claims, via a new ‘index of child health’. This would measure four criteria against internatonal standards: mental health, dental health, obesity and the general health of children under five.
The strategy would also see every government department required to draw up a child health strategy, setting out ways in which the department’s activities could contribute to the ultimate goal of helping British youngsters become the healthiest in the world.
A further element of the new Labour plan would see extra funding for mental health services working with children and young people. Counselling would be made available in every school.
Labour estimates an annual cost of £250 million – or £1.25 billion over a five year parliament. The strategy would be funded through a reduction in management consultancy expenditure in the NHS.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said:
“It should be a matter of shame that a child’s health is so closely linked to poverty and that where and in what circumstances you grow up can dramatically affect your life chances. Evidence shows the link between deprivation and poor health in childhood, so with child poverty on the rise, the need for action becomes more acute.”
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May 9, 2017
Categories: Family Life