It's worrying just how much children and young people already have, and are likely to take more of the brunt of austerity under this new government. One of the first things the coalition government did when they came to power in 2010 was to scrap the play policy for England, and this new government is even more ideologically opposed to a child's right to play. Through my research and experiences, I'm increasingly convinced that play deprivation is a major cause in many of the health and well being problems we're facing today. As Brian Sutton-Smith is commonly quoted by playworkers: 'The opposite of play is not work, it is depression'. This lack of play is a mixture of reductions in time and space for play, and attitudes towards it.