Leisure centres should be protected from cuts, says ukactive

A report by ukacitve has called for leisure centres to be protected from cuts and closures due to the role they play in promoting exercise.

’Blueprint for an Active Britain’ was launched by ukactive on 5 November and argues that councils should have an obligation to provide leisure centre and green spaces to encourage people to exercise and keep fit.

According to the report, leisure services should be considered as part of public health spending for the important role they can play in preventing obesity.

ukactive also argues that a dedicated fund should be created for improving the health of local communities and that councils and care homes should be required to offer free or subsidised physical activity for older people.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympic champion and chair of ukactive, said: “With precious public services like the NHS already stretched to breaking point, we’ve got to be bolder about prevention - and that starts with getting people moving more.”

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