UK giving 7 million pounds for better mothers, babies health, cycling
This over £2 million investment is part of the government’s campaign to halve the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth, by 2030.
Improving maternity services is part of the government’s wider commitment to make sure all patients receive safe, high quality healthcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, backed by a £10 billion investment in the NHS.
New cycle training with £5 million Department for Transport (DfT) funding to teach safe riding early, provide maintenance education and encourage family cycling has been announced by Cycling Minister Robert Goodwill.
Pilots of the Bikeability Plus scheme in 18 areas across England have shown that the number of children who cycled to school at least once a week more than doubled to 10%.
Nearly 20,000 children have already received the training and the £5 million funding will now reach an additional 200,000 more across England.
The programme also introduces 4 to 5 year olds in reception classes to balance training, so they have a fun, positive introduction to cycling as they start school.
Older children will also be shown how to fix and maintain their bikes themselves - so they can keep on staying active and cycle safely.
The funding is part of the wider £50 million Bikeability funding for cycle training for 2016 to 2020. Details of this new £5 million element are now being announced and schools will be able to offer the new training to their pupils from September 2016. ■