Children's Food Campaign & Obesity Health Alliance call for tougher restrictions on online advertising after the ASA bans three advertising campaigns by Mondelez/Cadbury, Swizzels Matlow and Cloetta (Chewits).
On 27 June at Cardiff City Hall, Food Power will host a conference on how local food networks can tackle the root causes of food poverty.
After years of campaigning to tighten restructions on junk food marketing and promotions, Sustain and its Children's Food Campaign have welcomed Chapter Two of the Government's Child Obesity Plan which sets out bold commitments on these issues. But much is still to be shaped in the consultations that will follow over the rest of 2018. Read on for our response.
Community Food and Health Scotland (who work with Sustain) are asking people to contribute to the Scottish government’s consultations.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared war on junk food marketing, as part of her Government's new pledge to halve child obesity by 2030.
As the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee opens its first oral enquiry on Childhood Obesity today, Sustain and Children's Food Campaign have called for renewed cross-governmental leadership across tax, advertising regulations, education and farming policies.
The Real Bread Campaign is warning shoppers buying industrial loaves advertised using claims of freshness that they might not be getting what they expect.
Sustain has welcomed commitments from shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth that a future Labour Government would introduce legal standards for hospital food, extend the sugary drinks tax and ban junk food advertising during family TV, for the benefit of the nation's health.
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is setting up a new think tank to consider the enormous implications of Brexit on trading standards
The House of Lords has passed a motion regretting proposed Government changes in eligibility rules for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, and called for a full poverty impact assessment before anything is implemented.
The second reading of Emma Lewell Buck MP's household food insecurity measurement bill has been postponed to October due to time constraints.
9 in 10 members of the Children's Food Campaign Parents' Jury members say they support Free School Meals for all school-age children living in households in poverty, as Parliament is set for crucial debate.
Objections have been raised in both Houses of Parliament to the Government's plan to introduce a net earnings threshold of £7400 for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, triggering renewed calls to extend provision to include all children in poverty.
The Government has announced it will introduce an earnings threshold for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, restricting eligibility to families with net earning below £7,400.
The second reading of Emma Lewell Buck MP's household food insecurity measurement bill has been postponed due to time constraints.
Big players in the food and drink industry formed a new partnership with the Government to make the industry ‘more resilient, sustainable and competitive.’
The British Dietetic Association welcomes news that the Government has decided to continue to make gluten free bread and flour mixes available on prescription.
Simon Shaw reflects on progress addressing food poverty in the capital and the lessons that can be shared more widely. Our collaborative work in London provides further evidence that committed individuals and organisations can make a real difference to the lives of local people by working together.
Calls grow for Government measure of ‘hidden hunger’ as YouGov survey commissioned by End Hunger UK members, including Sustain, reveals shocking figures that help shed a light on the extent of hidden hunger in the UK.
The government has put £500,000 into a new Food Waste Reduction Fund. The money is available for charities who redistribute surplus food to those who need it.
Presented by Emma Lewell-Buck MP, the Bill will now have a second reading in February 2018
A whisky group has lost a five-year battle to stop the Scottish government introducing price controls in alcohol. The court ruled that minimum pricing on alcohol was legal on health grounds under EU law.
The campaign asks MPs to support the bill during it's reading on 29 November, when it will be put forward by Emma Lewell-Buck MP.
The UK’s Faculty of Public Health (FPH) believe that this year’s Autumn Budget is critical. The uncertainties around Brexit and how it will impact policy change on population health and health inequalities are set against cuts to key public health services.
Sustain has submitted evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger's inquiry into the extent and causes of hunger amongst older people in Britain.
Waltham Forest becomes the fourth London borough to sign Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food
Marking one year since the launch of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, Public Health England have published a short progress report and announced the next stages of the Plan. In response, the Children’s Food Campaign have criticised the lack of cross-Government oversight of the Plan, and the Department for Education's failure to make any progress on its commitments.
The end of the school term has been marked by the disappointing double-loss of promised Government funding for health and wellbeing initiatives in schools. The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund budget has been cut by £315 million - ie. a 3/4 reduction. And the Government has confirmed it will no longer be going ahead with the offer of free breakfasts to all primary school children, as it had originally promised in its General Election manifesto.
In its most recent response to the Real Bread Campaign’s long-standing call for loaf labelling and marketing legislation that offers better protection for customers and small bakeries, Defra has proposed to take no action until after Britain has left the EU.
At the GCA annual conference, Christine Tacon confirmed that she will continue as adjudicator for another year, while the GCA’s remit is still being considered by the Government.
The General Election on 8 June 2017 is our opportunity to get legal standards for hospital food on the political agenda and in the manifesto of the next UK government.
The All-Pary Parliamentary Group on Hunger has published its report on hunger amongst children during the school holidays.
A meeting of MPs will hear that a unique opportunity exists to expand one of the most buoyant sectors of the UK food and farming system.
Increasing consumption of 'out-of-home' meals has been identified as an important factor in rising levels of obesity. A new toolkit from Public Health England (PHE) aims to make it easier for small-scale food outlets -- and the planners and others who work with them -- to supply healthier foods.
The House of Commons Health Committee echoes campaigners, including Sustain, when it says it is 'extremely disappointed' at the lack of ambition in the Government's proposals for tackling childhood obesity.
New survey data released today show that 8% of adults living in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are food insecure - a whopping 3.9 million people - not even including those children dependent on them. Sustain believes central government should start to regularly measure the scale of this problem as other countries do. Only then can organisations offer the best responses and monitor the impact for those people most at risk.
A group of over 30 organisations, including national charities, businesses and academics, are calling on the UK administrations to commit to eliminating ‘Holiday Hunger’, where children from poorer families struggle to eat a nutritious diet during school holidays.
The event will take place in central London on 26 June, where the results of the annual supplier survey will be presented, and the Adjudicator will review the past year's work and future priorities.
Good news from the Budget. The Chancellor has confirmed the final Soft Drinks Industry Levy rates of 18 pence per litre and 24 pence per litre for the two sugar bands at 5g/100ml and 8g/100ml respectively. It is now over to MPs to pass the legislation, and then manufacturers and retailers to continue to raise their sugar reduction game.
Sustain was part of a group of organisations and experts responding to the Sky News story on ‘Holiday Hunger’. The group is calling on all UK administrations to commit to eliminating this across the UK.
A review of progress towards standards set for hospital food two years ago shows how much work remains to be done before patients, staff and visitors can be confident that they will be well fed on hospital premises.
The latest report from the Groceries Code Adjudicator sets out what it learned from its recent consultation on 'Payments for Better Positioning' -- the attempts by the big retailers to charge suppliers for desirable positioning in stores.
One site records actions to date on the steps Government is taking to reduce childhood obesity.
The year dawned with a flurry of sugar activity, including the revelation that children consume half their recommended daily intake at breakfast, a book claiming there may be no safe minimum consumption, and research warning that there is no evidence that artificial sweeteners are better for health or weight control.
Eating salty, sugary, highly processed foods is now a habit for most of the nation's children, according to a new report from the Children's Food Trust. Helping them to change these preferences is one of the biggest public health challenges we face.
A new report from London Food Link, part of the charity Sustain  tracks progress made by boroughs on addressing food poverty in the capital. The report presents findings of responses to London Food Link's survey against 9 measures; 28 out of 33 responded to this survey.
University of Oxford researchers have published an analysis of historic Trussell Trust data and official JSA sanctions data.
Two London bodies, Lewisham Council and Millwall FC, have joined forces and become the first London Borough and first football club to go Sugar Smart, commiting to measures to reduce sugar.
A new report finds that children have a good understanding of the importance of healthy diets, and are very sensitive to the household tensions that can arise when money for food is short.
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