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Walking: Children

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 66865, tabled on 30 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education to promote walk to school days.

Answered on

8 July 2020

In England, the Department for Transport is making £225 million available to local authorities this financial year for urgent measures to make it easier for people to walk and cycle for all short journeys, including to school. This in addition to providing £1m for the Walk to School outreach programme delivered by Living Streets. The Department for Education has produced guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings. This guidance sets out that schools should ‘ensure parents and young people are aware of recommendations on transport to and from education or childcare settings’ and encourage parents and children and young people ‘to walk or cycle to their education setting where possible’. Any funding on top of the Department for Transport’s current budgets will have Barnett Consequentials applied in the usual way for Northern Ireland.