Using the Sugary Drinks Tax to promote healthy food in schools

Using the Sugary Drinks Tax to promote healthy food in schools
18 January 2021
Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) has released a report outlining why funds from the Sugary Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) should be invested back into children’s health.
Children's Food Campaign

The report demonstrates the huge success of the SDIL in driving reformulation, lowering sales of drinks high in sugar, and raising money to benefit children’s health, and argues that an investment of SDIL revenue back into children’s health would provide a ‘triple win’ in terms of reducing obesity, levelling children’s health inequalities, and providing much needed resources to schools and children’s food initiatives across the country.

The key recommendation of the report is the establishment of a new Healthy Food Innovation Fund which would be available for local authorities and schools to invest in infrastructure and project innovation, specifically around food. This new fund is based on the investments facilitated by the 2018/19 Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF), and would allow for a range of improvements – from new cookery or kitchen facilities to growing spaces, food and nutrition programmes, water fountains, new food activity clubs, and much more.

The report found that one size does not fit all when it comes to allocating funding to meet local needs, highlighting the fact that local authorities are best placed to design an approach that is equitable and focused for greatest impact in their areas. 

SFM has always supported the introduction of the SDIL, and echo recommendations from the Children's Food Campaign to ensure the revenue it brings to HM Treasury is spent in the spirit of the levy - to support children's health.

You can read the full report below.