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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Recreation Spaces more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to enact statutory protection for green spaces; and what steps he is taking to promote the health benefits of parks and urban green spaces. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly remove filter
uin 259043 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answer text <p>The Government does not have plans to enact statutory protection for green spaces. We are committed to reducing excessive central reporting burdens on local government. It is for local authorities and local communities to decide how best to manage their local parks and green spaces and how to utilise available funding to best effect.</p><p>The Government recognises the health benefits of parks and urban green spaces. We have invested over £15 million in 2018-19 to support a robust package of new Government initiatives to support the sustainability of green spaces – including £3.75 million on the expansion of the Pocket Parks Plus programme and £9.7 million to ensure local authorities can continue to maintain and develop good quality, accessible parks and green spaces.</p><p>The 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP) sets out that spending time in the natural environment can improve our mental health and feelings of well-being. Government has committed to actions that seek to help people improve their health and well-being by using green spaces. These commitments include:</p><ul><li>Considering how NHS mental health providers in England could work with environmental voluntary sector organisations to offer mental health therapies</li><li>Establish a cross-government programme that helps health professionals and local authorities to connect more people with nature to support their health and wellbeing.</li></ul><p>Defra, NHS England, Public Health England and Natural England are working together to launch these actions and establish a programme which will deliver the 25YEP mental health commitments.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-10T11:39:59.957Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T11:39:59.957Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1129341
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Public Lavatories more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Royal Society for Public Health report entitled The decline of the great British toilet, published in May 2019; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly remove filter
uin 259060 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answer text <p>The Department has not undertaken an assessment of the report. Whilst the provision of public toilets is a matter for local authorities, we encourage councils to keep these important amenities open. At Budget 2018 the Chancellor announced a 100 per cent business rates relief for public lavatories in England, and the Government will introduce legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows. In addition the Department recently launched a consultation proposing changes to Building Regulations to create more Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) remove filter
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-10T11:37:25.01Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T11:37:25.01Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this