Barry town Councillor and leader of the Plaid Cymru group Cllr Shirley Hodges calls on Barry Town Council to start producing free Baby Boxes for all the new born babies in Barry.
Cllr Shirley Hodges said,
“I think its an affordable idea the new Scottish scheme cost around £100 per box. I’m sure working with local sponsors and council funds Baby Boxes for Barry can be achieved. Especially by working with the SHOP LOCAL traders I want the contents of the boxes to include useful things for new mothers, sourced from local traders in the town.”
“Plaid have been very successful at the Town council by putting ideas forward which the whole council has got behind and supported. This includes the grants we give to Barry school under the “Books for Schools” to encourage students to read for pleasure by purchasing books and magazines which are not part of the academic curriculum. We also suggested the town council top up grants for pensioners for Christmas meals when the Vale Council made cuts. I really want to support everyone in the town at every stage of their life.“
The Baby Box idea started in Finland in the 1930’s, the idea behind it was to reduce the number of cot deaths. It is thought their introduction contributed to a reduction in infant mortality.
She concluded – “Lets give all the Barry babies an equal start in life. I would like to see the whole council get behind the idea.”