Update on Healthy Pupils Capital Fund
The Department for Education has just released useful guidance for schools and local authorities on funding available through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund - the cash raised through the sugary drinks levy.
Schools can find the guidance here and all the documents explaining funding allocations can be found here. The minimum grant will be £500. We're excited to see that "Projects that could be funded under HPCF" include large grants for "refurbishment or building of dining spaces, to include seating and tables" and "creation or renovation of garden spaces for growing produce". Smaller allocations can we spent on water fountains, cooking equipment and gardening planters and equipment.
We're very encouraged by this focus on school dining and food education but perhaps a little disappointed by the words on page 11 of the guidance: "HPCF for local authorities ... is not ring-fenced." Fingers crossed that the funds are spent in the spirit of the fund - to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by improving and increasing availability to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions.
In other news ...
The Children's Food Campaign has launched a new survey to make sure parents' views are heard in response to government proposals to ban the sale of energy drinks to children.
As we await government consultation on advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar, let's look at how often children are exposed to marketing of unhealthy foods.