Ipswich Council Sport Membership Increases

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I believe the recent changes to the Ipswich BC sports centre charges are ill thought out, unfair and have resulted in extortionate increases particularly for those who play racket sports. The approx. 10% increase in monthly membership although higher than the rate of inflation and public sector pay awards is just about affordable but having to pay for racket sports on top means an actual minimum 40% increase. Taking part in sport is linked to good physical and mental health and has a positive effect on conditions like hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. Putting prices up as suggested puts sport in the luxury category and makes it unaffordable to many, eventually putting even more pressure on an already stretched NHS. Please rethink this strategy! Austerity measures since 2008 are taking their toll on most of us, don’t take away one of the few things that makes us feel better.



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