Submission to Comprehensive Spending Review
We have submitted our representation to the Government as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
As the Government begins the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), and looks ahead to the 2021 Budget, SFM believes this is a unique opportunity for the Government to reset, and prioritise access to free and nutritious school meals to those who need it.
In our representation we highlighted six areas where we believe the Government can make a positive impact:
- Expand eligibility for free school meals to include children from all families receiving Universal Credit.
- Extend the Holiday Activity and Food to programme to all areas in England, to make summer holiday support available to all children receiving FSM.
- Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to £4.25 per week and extend the scheme to every pregnant woman and parent/guardian in receipt of Universal Credit.
- Maintain and extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to drive investment in children’s healthy food.
- Expand the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to all primary school children.
- Establish auto-enrolment for families eligible for FSM.
The first three recommendations reflect those in Part One of the National Food Strategy (NFS) published in late July 2020; and each of these recommendations expands an existing Government programme, which will allow Government to move quickly to respond to the now acute level of need made apparent by Covid-19. You can read our full submission here.
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