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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00967: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it is tackling health inequalities through the promotion of after school activities.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 10 May 2017

Reducing health inequalities is one of the biggest challenges we face. To tackle this, we recognise that the root of health inequalities can be found in income inequalities – inequalities which are exacerbated by the UK Government’s policies of austerity and welfare reform.

Within my own portfolio, sport and physical activity are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and so contribute to tackling health inequality. Our Active Schools programme provides opportunities for sport and physical activity before school, during lunchtime, and after school. Our national agency for sport, sportscotland, invested £80 million in the programme over the period 2007 to 2015, with up to another
£50 million planned in the period 2015 to 2019.