ELECTION 2019: WRAP UP
What a roller coast ride to the end of term! But it’s now time to send congratulations to all new and returning MPs and look forward to renewed focus on school food, food education and children’s health.
This election showed that while there are many differences separating the parties at Westminster; they are united in their focus to reduce childhood obesity. We welcome the fact that all parties committed to maintain Free School Meals, including the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme.
Elections are always a contest of ideas, and we were encouraged that a number of our other policy positions were adopted in several party manifestos; issues including extending the Sugary Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) to milk-based drinks, and introducing a public procurement policy that would promote locally grown food.
We look forward to working closely with the re-elected Conservative Government to bring attention to these issues, and to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school.
In other news ...
A new study has reported a 28% reduction on average in the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK between 2015 and 2018.
School Food Matters welcomes the news that the Government has announced £11.8m in funding for a one year extension to the National School Breakfast Programme.