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Refreshing Investment in Children’s Health: Using the Sugary Drinks Tax to improve healthy food access in schools

Webinar Monday 18 January 2021 11:00 12:15

Catch up on our webinar and debate to mark the launch of Sustain's new report; 'Refreshing Investment in Children’s Health: Using the Sugary Drinks Tax to improve healthy food access in schools'.

Credit: Monkey Business Images

Credit: Monkey Business Images

When the Soft Drinks Industry Levy was implemented in 2018, the Government promised that "every penny" of income would be invested into children's health. Despite doubling of the Sports & PE Programme and the launch of the National School Breakfast Programme, Sustain's new report reveals that up to 50% of the revenue raised by the levy - around £150m of annual spending - is now not being accounted for.

Where is it going, and how should it be targeted?

Sustain's new report details how the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in 2018/19 provided much need investment in a range of projects from new school kitchens, dining room upgrades, food growing projects and healthy eating buses. Come and join the debate to hear the case for using the sugary drinks tax money for a similar investment fund for schools, and your own ideas for what should be prioritised.

Confirmed speakers taking part in our debate will be:

  • Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee
  • Emma Lewell-Buck MP, South Shields
  • Alysa Remtulla, Magic Breakfast and National School Breakfast Programme
  • Laura Flanagan, School Food Improvement Officer, Croydon Council
  • Vera Zakharov, Sustain and Sugar Smart UK
  • Barbara Crowther, Children's Food Campaign

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Published Monday 18 January 2021

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