Scilly’s Children Faring Well Despite Spending Cuts

The play park at Porthcressa

Children in the Isles of Scilly have fared better than their mainland counterparts in the amount of money allocated to play activities and equipment.

Figures released yesterday by the campaign group, Fair Play For Children, show that local authorities in England cut expenditure on youth services by 24% during the 2011/12 financial year. In Scilly, while cuts have been made to the budget, the spending was down just 14%.

Scilly’s children also did better on spending allocated to play areas, which was down 20% here, while England as a whole spent 38% less.

In April this year the Council opened a new, £40,000 playpark in Porthcressa, designed for use by older children.

We asked the Council’s Youth Services department for a comment but there was no-one available.

Fair Play For Children obtained their figures through a freedom of information request to the 354 English local authorities. 217 of those responded.