New report shows London boroughs prioritise healthy eating despite budget cuts

Greenwich Council have topped the latest good food league table published by London Food Link this week, as part of their annual review and report.

This eighth annual Good Food For London report, reveals which councils are leading the way in securing a better food environment and culture for their residents, workers and visitors.

Coming out at the top of this year’s league table for the second year running is the Royal Borough of Greenwich, followed by the boroughs of Islington, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth and Lewisham.

Since 2016, Food for Life has worked with the Royal Borough of Greenwich’ public health team, training and supported them to deliver the Food for Life School Awards framework, become more confident in leading food-related activities such as cooking, growing and creating links with farms.

Claire Pritchard, Chair of the London Food Board said: “Continuing the pattern of previous years, we have seen progress in many of the measures, demonstrating the sustained commitment of boroughs to adopt new programmes and areas of work in relation to good food.

“In catering, many boroughs are continuing to demonstrate commitment to high food standards. Two thirds have achieved at least Bronze Food for Life Served Here accreditation in the majority of their schools and/or other catering under council control (e.g. care homes, workplace canteens or early years settings).

“Children’s health and school food culture remain a strong focal point for action as well, with 31 boroughs having at least some schools engaged with Healthy Schools London and/or the Soil Association’s Food for Life Awards.”

Top areas of improvement

The Good Food For London league table shows how local councils are taking action to support access to healthy and sustainable food. It ranks performance on 11 different measures to assess what each council is doing to support community food growing, infant health, the London Living Wage, Fairtrade, sustainable catering animal welfare, healthier food environments and school food.

Since 2017 six additional councils have joined the initial four signatories of the Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food. This gives a borough-wide framework for councils to support a variety of initiatives, such as limiting the advertisement of junk food in council-owned spaces.

Read more by visiting the Good Food For London website.