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This week, parents across the UK will be protesting against local authority ...
This week, parents across the UK will be protesting against local authority

swimming pool rules, which they say stop them taking their children

swimming, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Most councils operate policies that follow guidelines laid down by the

Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, which require a parent to

child ratio of one adult for every child under four years old, and one

adult for every two children aged four to eight. This means that a mother

with two children aged six and two can no longer take them swimming

together, Today reported.

The Right to Swim pressure group has been formed by parents to call for a

relaxation of the rules. But ISRM chief executive Ralph Riley told the

programme that the ratios were necessary for the safety of children in busy


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