Government Spending Review leaves unanswered questions for the Sugar Tax

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, or ‘Sugar Tax’, is forecast to raise around £340 million across the next 12 months, but the new Government Spending Review has failed to commit this income to child food and health initiatives.
  

Rob Percival, Head of Policy, Food and Health, said, “At least 50% of the funds raised through the Sugar Tax should be committed to food education and healthy eating in schools. This should be a ring-fenced commitment, and schools should be encouraged to spend the money on programmes that have a demonstrable impact on food education and children’s diets, such as Food for Life. 

"Children in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat their five-a-day compared to children in other schools, and the programme also helps to lower inequalities in health and attainment.

“The Sugar Tax has historically supported schools through the National School Breakfast Programme and the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund – this support must be maintained. In failing to commit the Sugar Tax funds to improving child health, our blundering government has missed another golden opportunity to improve children’s lives.”

Find out how programmes such as the Food for Life School Award are working with schools to prioritise healthy eating, or get in touch with us on ffl@foodforlife.org.uk.