Practice: playwork in times of austerity

John H McKendrick, John Horton, Peter Kraftl, Perry Else

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The Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition government that was elected to govern the UK in May 2010 initiated an ‘austerity programme’, which had the overarching aim of addressing a government budget deficit. The Coalition’s Public Spending Review in October 2010 instigated a programme (framed as ‘unavoidable’, ‘essential’) to reduce national public spending by £81billion by 2015, via funding cuts to national government departments and Local Authority budgets (HM Treasury 2010). The Review was explicitly accompanied by calls to reform and rationalise service-provision, ‘cut waste’, and roll back the depth and breadth of government involvement in everyday life, retracting control and responsibility for direct provision of many public services (BBC, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-99
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of Playwork Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • children's geographies
  • playwork
  • austerity


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