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A Children's Future Fund - How food duties could provide the money to protect children’s health and the world they grow up in

How a Children’s Future Fund, funded by a sugary drinks duty, could pay for programmes to improve children’s health and protect the environment they grow up in.

The Children’s Future Fund report points to the high levels of diet-related illness which is costing the NHS £6 billion every year and makes three recommendations for Budget 2013 to:

The report also presents the case that in the longer-term, we need to revise our VAT system so that it is linked to the healthiness of food and we need to develop food duties on unsustainable food which would take into account criteria such as environmentally friendly farming, high animal welfare, ethical trading, low greenhouse gas emissions, water stewardship, and reducing waste, alongside healthy nutrition.

Sugary drinks are presented as the logical starting point for a simple and easily understandable fiscal policy on food to raise money for the Children’s Future Fund because of (1) the research linking them to obesity and dental decay (2) the fact that they usually offer absolutely no nutritional benefits other than calories (energy) and (3) there are successful precedents for applying duties on them in other countries – for example, Finland, France, Hungary and some states in the USA.

Read the '61 organisations call for a sugary drinks duty in Budget 2013' press release

Report contents


We need a Children’s Future Fund

Start with improving health

Duties on food can work

Options for applying food duties in the UK

The multiple benefits of food duties (and one predictable problem)

Conclusion and recommendations

Children's Future Fund supporting organisations as at 11 March 2013    

Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs Adopt a School Trust
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Association for the Study of Obesity
Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Aynsley-Green Consulting (Former Children's Commissioner for England)
Baby Milk Action
British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry
British Dental Health Foundation
British Dietetic Association
British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy
Campaign for Real Farming
Caroline Walker Trust
Centre for Food Policy, City University
Community Composting Network
Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association
Compassion in World Farming
Consensus Action on Salt and Health
Dental Fusion Organisation
European Public Health Alliance
Family Farmers' Association
Farms for City Children
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
Fife Diet
First Steps Nutrition Trust
Food and Behaviour Research
Food Ethics Council
Food for Life Partnership
Food Matters
Friends of the Earth
Garden Organic
Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome Help
Health Education Trust
Heart of Mersey
Hyperactive Children's Support Group
Institute of Health Visiting
Linking Environment and Farming
National Children's Bureau
National Day Nurseries Association
National Federation of Women's Institutes
National Heart Forum
New Economics Foundation
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Organic Research Centre
Permaculture Association
Pesticide Action Network UK
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians London
Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
Royal Society for Public Health
Scottish Cancer Prevention Network
School Food Matters
Soil Association
tfX: the campaign against trans fats in food
Trading Standards Institute
UK Faculty of Public Health
UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (Executive Committee)
Waste Watch
Weight Concern
Woodcraft Folk
World Cancer Research Fund
World Public Health Nutrition Association
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

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