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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06418: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers sport an important tool in tackling health inequality, and how it will ensure that sport is accessible to all irrespective of background or personal circumstance.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 2 February 2017

Sport and physical activity are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and so contribute to tackling health inequality. The Scottish Government is committed to increasing rates of physical activity. The Active Scotland Outcomes Framework sets out our ambitions for a more active Scotland, and is underpinned by a commitment to equality, so that people of all ages and from all communities across Scotland have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity.

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.