FIT response to Guardian article school playing fields sell-off

On Tuesday 7 August 2012, the Guardian featured a story on the sale of school playing fields:

Our full comment on this issue is as follows:


It’s not yet possible to make any soundly based conclusions comparing the rates of disposals between the Coalition Government and the previous Labour Government. However, we are aware that legislation and regulatory guidance relating to the protection of school playing fields are about to change. In addition more and more schools are becoming academies, which are not subject to the same protection and scrutiny under the 1998 legislation protecting these facilities.There is therefore a danger that disposal of school playing fields will re-emerge as an increasing problem, particularly given the general economic situation we all face. It is key that we endeavour to protect all outdoor recreational facilities, and are aware of the threats to them, particularly now as the whole country enjoys our Olympic sporting success.





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