Children in the most deprived areas of the country should be provided with fresh fruit and vegetables, Jonathan Ashworth will say as he announces a new policy at the Fabian Society summer conference on Saturday.The Shadow Health Secretary is set to reveal that a Labour government would introduce a Future Generations Wellbeing Act, as the party has done in Wales, and commit £26.8m to the already existing ‘Healthy Start’ programme.Labour has found that funding for Healthy Start – the scheme that provides food vouchers to women in receipt of certain benefits and who are pregnant or have a child under four – has been cut by more than a quarter over the last six years.Ashworth will tell the Fabian event that by expanding the programme he hopes to improve access to fresh food for the poorest children, which will form part of a “comprehensive, cross-government national strategy to tackle health inequalities”.He will outline legislative plans to enshrine a ‘health in all policies’ approach, make commitments on life expectancy, ensure that local health services aim to reduce health inequalities and have the NHS help tackle the climate crisis by linking health to Sustainable Development Goals.Addressing the conference in a keynote speech, Ashworth will say: “Today a baby girl born in Liverpool can expect to live 13 fewer years in good health than a baby girl born in Richmond. It’s an injustice we cannot ignore.“After nine years of Tory austerity, advances in life expectancy have ground to halt, and even gone backwards in some of the poorest areas. Shamefully, infant mortality rates – children dying before their first birthday – have risen three years in a row for the first time since the Second World War.“Rates of premature deaths – including deaths linked to heart disease, lung cancers and COPD – are two times higher in the most deprived areas of England compared to the most affluent. While children and adults living in the poverty are up to three times more likely to develop mental health problems compared to those living in the highest income brackets.“Poverty and deprivation mean people get ill quicker and die sooner. As socialists, we should never settle for this; as Health Secretary I won’t. The next Labour government will adopt a comprehensive, cross-government national strategy to tackle health inequalities, attacking the wider determinants of ill health and putting prevention first.“We will focus determinedly on improving the health and wellbeing of every child, ensuring children have access to nutritious food not just in schools but also by expanding Healthy Start. Labour will ensure the poorest children receive the milk, fruit and vegetables they need.“And to guarantee government decisions fully take account of long term health impacts, we will introduce a Future Generations Wellbeing Act drawing upon best practice including in New Zealand and closer to home in Wales.“It will mean local health services, alongside relevant public bodies, will always act to reduce health inequalities and promote overall wellbeing too. It will mean our NHS, as a local ‘economic anchor’ institution in communities, takes account of the social value of every pound spent and takes its obligations to climate change seriously.“Our health policy will be driven not just by a focus on cure but on radically improving prevention and social wellbeing too. Our commitment is to help people live longer, happier, healthier lives.”Tags:Health /Labour /Jonathan Ashworth /
SAINTS joint captain James Graham says his team mates know what to expect when they take on Wigan Warriors on Saturday.The 25-year-old prop forward thinks the auld enemy will be stronger than last season and Saints will have to match them in every area of the field.“It’s a tough match to start the season,” he said. “They have made some good signings and look better than last year. They set the benchmark in 2010 with the way they played and we know what we are expecting when we get down to Cardiff on Saturday.”Graham was recently made joint captain with Paul Wellens as Royce Simmons looks to his leaders to drive Saints forward this year.It was a natural progression for the Evertonian who has played the role all the way through his career.He skippered the Academy and Reserve Saints sides as well as Great Britain Academy and was England captain in the Four-Nations in the Autumn.He will also lead out the team on Saturday against the Warriors.“I’m really happy to have been chosen to captain the Saints and I didn’t have a problem with the joint role,” he continued. “I know there was a lot of speculation about the captaincy but it was never a worry in my mind. Royce told us he would like a joint captaincy, but there are a lot of leaders both on and off the field.“Hopefully me and Wello can lead by example.”
ENGLAND Academy opened their touring account with a 28-18 victory over New South Wales Juniors at Narrabeen.The Academy side ran in five tries during an attritional contest that saw them come from behind on two separate occasions to get off to a winning start.The game began poorly for the Academy side as they found themselves 4-0 down after less than seven minutes but a steely resolve saw them responded immediately through half-back Ryan Hampshire.Winger Joe Burgess rounded his defender to play the ball back inside to the supporting man who found Hampshire on hand to show a clean pair of heels to the covering defence.Hampshire then found winger James Saltonstall who doubled England’s tally when he broke through down the right hand flank. Man of the Match Hampshire added the extras to make the scores 10-4 at the interval.It was a short lived lead for England however as New South Wales got off to a flying start in the second half, with a quick-fire double allowing them to open up an 18-10 advantage.Winger Meehan found himself in space on the outside for an easy run in after just two minutes before loose forward Harrison gathered a high-ball between the posts to crash over three minutes later.England were still behind by eight points with just over ten minutes to go but they showed their class to run in three tries in just eight minutes.First England’s Ben Currie powered his way over from a quick play-the-ball and then the Warrington Wolves player doubled his personal tally after Hampshire spilt the defence and played Currie through from 25 yards out.Centre Greg Wilde then pounced on an error from the NSW full-back to extend the lead with Hampshire adding the extras to make it 28-18.“We’re quite happy with the win,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott. “Winning the first game is the best way to start. We expected our performance to be a bit scratchy and a little under par because of the traveling, which was the case, but I think as the game went on we showed a lot of good touches in our attack.“To come the distance we have and play after just a few days is a good start for us and I’m pleased with the character the lads showed to come from behind on two separate occasions.“We’ve a quick turnaround now before playing Parramatta on Saturday but that’s what we wanted. We wanted to get a good test mentally, physically and emotionally in the first week.“I’m pleased with the effort today and the lads who haven’t played today will get a chance against Parramatta on Saturday to fight for a test jersey.”The England Academy continue preparations for their two-test series against the Australian Schoolboys by taking on Parramatta Juniors on Saturday (KO 7.00pm Aus / 10.00am UK).Match Summary:England:Tries: Hampshire, Saltonstall, Currie 2, AspinallGoals: Hampshire 4NSW:Tries: Meehan 2, Harris, HarrisonGoals: TBCTeams:England:1. Luke Briscoe; 2. James Saltonstall, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. John Ford, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. Liam Sutcliffe, 7. Ryan Hampshire; 8. Liam McAvoy, 9. Dominic Speakman, 10. Josh Johnson, 11. John Bateman, 12. Peter Aspinall, 13. Jordan Baldwinson. Subs: 14. George Williams, 15. Gavin Bennion, 16. Ben Currie, 17. Luke Thompson. New South Wales:1. Dalin Watene-Zelezniak; 2. Willis Meehan, 3. Michael Morgan, 4. Sione Mata’utia, 5. Dee Jay Harris; 6 Drew Hutchinson, 7. Zac Nichols; 8. James Parker, 9. Tj McLean, 10. Joe Stimson, 11. Rhys Armstrong, 12. Taniele Siale, 13. Blake Harrison.Subs: 14, Salesi funaki, 15. Tepai Teu Smith, 16. Anthony Semrany, 17. Brendan Cox, 18. Luke Yates.
TICKETS for Saturday’s Magic Weekend clash against Warrington are now on sale from the RFL only.Tickets cost from just £30 per day (£15 concessions) and £45 for the whole weekend (£22.50), which is a little more than £6 per match!Tickets can still be purchased in advance by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukTickets can also be purchased from the Manchester City Ticket Office in the North Stand at the Etihad Stadium from 9.00am on Saturday and noon on Sunday.Fans can upgrade a day ticket to a weekend ticket at the Ticket Office for £15 (£7.50 concessions).
EVERYONE in St. Helens knew what this meant between the wars! It was the verbal acknowledgement that the club’s first ‘superstar’ Alf Ellaby had run onto the field. And boy could he run!His was a unique circumstance – a soccer player turning to a new code as a result of injury and becoming a living legend in his new domain, revered on two continents as one of the greatest wingers the rugby league code had ever seen. He is the most successful Saints player in terms of representative football and the most famous ‘local product,’ together with Alex Murphy and Keiron Cunningham.One of the first players to realise his worth to the success of the team, he seemed to specialise in hat-tricks and forged a dynamic partnership with fellow winger and Kiwi star Roy Hardgrave in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Alf’s mere presence would add thousands to the ‘gate’ at Knowsley Road.Although Challenge Cup and Championship final glory evaded him, he played for the Saints during a golden era for the game in St. Helens, with local rivals St. Helens Recreation adding extra ‘spice.’ His superb fitness enabled him to play at the highest level until his late thirties.Alex Service’s biography, ‘He’s Here Now’ will be sold exclusively in the Superstore [12pm-2.30pm] before the Castleford game, priced £10.It is a limited edition of 115 [Alf was born in 1902] so make sure you get your copy, as demand is likely to be high! The Ellaby family will be special guests at the Totally Wicked Stadium on matchday.Alf was also a Director of the Castleford club for a spell.
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