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.
Fresh analysis by Sustain published today flags food safety fears for future UK trade deals.Figures suggest that the percentage of people who fall ill with food poisoning annually is ten times higher in the US than the UK. Sustain fears treating increased food poisoning could increase deaths from food poisoning and cost the NHS and UK economy at least £1bn extra per year.
Last week Sustain submitted evidence to the Trade Bill Committee in Parliament. In it we argued that cheap food imports are a risk to our health and to 3.9m jobs in the UK's food and farming industries.
During December 2017 and January 2018, the UK Labour Party consulted on their policies for coastal communities, in particular fishing and the fishing industry. Read on for Sustainable Fish Cities' response to this consultation.
After successfully passing its first reading in November 2017, Emma Lewell-Buck MP’s Household Food Insecurity Bill will have its second reading on Friday 2 February 2018. There is still time to ask your MP to support this bill either by submiting an e-action or by calling your MP’s office.
There is still time to contact your MP to ask them to support Frank Field’s Holiday Hunger Bill before its second reading on Friday 19th of January. The End Hunger UK campaign have created a template message that can be used to contact your MP.
The much trailed environment plan has been anticipated in much the same way as the Stone Roses Second Coming. Although not five years in the making, there was still the suspicion that the plan was going to struggle to please the fans.
Ahead of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan released tomorrow, Sustain respond with some of the issues they hope will be addressed relating to food and farming. To help keep track of this long wish list - they've produced a bingo card and will be hoping for a full house.
Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her Cabinet but Secretary of State for Defra Michael Gove has remained in post. Sustain welcomes his continued tenure, but also highlights the need to keep up the pressure to turn his promises into reality.
Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove delivered a speech at the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference today - Farming for the next generation. Read on for Sustain's response
Kath Dalmeny, Sustain CEO gave oral evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee on 6th December. On behalf of Sustain alliance members (and whilst handing out Manifestos for a Better Food Britain printed on spoof beermats), she expressed deep concern that the beguiling promise of ‘cheap food’ from new international trade deals could result in serious risks and costs to health, animal welfare and British farming livelihoods.
Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee challenges Government Ministers on whether the 'one in, three out' principle will apply to UK environmental regulation post-Brexit, receiving a non-committal response.
Presented by Emma Lewell-Buck MP, the Bill will now have a second reading in February 2018
Sustain is supporting the Trade Justice Movement in its call for future trade deals to be open and democratic, ensuring that the UK uses new trade relationships to support sustainable development rathe than a global race to the bottom.
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.
In the Conservative Home website Julian Sturdy MP writes on fairness in the supply chain.
Conservative MPs have joined forced with the Conservative Environment Network (CEN) calling for the environment to be given a higher profile at the heart of policy making. “Thinking differently about our environment: a holistic approach to policy” is a collection of essays by MPs arguing that we can reap previously unrecognised benefits by embedding the environment in all areas of public policy. They also emphasise the benefits of harnessing horticulture and using the environment to improve health outcomes - a key consideration for Sustain and its members.
Efra, the food and farming scrutiny committee, and the House of Lords Constitution Committee have announced inquiries on different aspects of Brexit -- likely to be the first of many. They are asking for submissions from the public, and Sustain will be working with partners to coordinate responses.
What should Labour fight for in the post Brexit farm policy era? We will be exploring this at an event on 24th September alongside SERA, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and The Land Workers' Alliance.
As the Queen's speech confirmed, we are to get a new Agriculture Act after we leave the EU and its Common Agriculture Policy, We had a quick rummage into the past to see what the last one said and it was rather interesting.
As Parliament regroups after the snap election, the names of the chairs of Parliament's influential, cross-party Select Committees have been listed.
Vicki Hird, Sustain’s Farm Campaign Coordinator features in the BBC Panorama programme to be broadcast today (10 July 2017) talking on the likely impact on our food and farming of a new trade deal with the United States. [Update: the programme can now be viewed on Iplayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08y7nm6/panorama-britains-food-farming-the-brexit-effect ]
A coalition of green grups has launched a "risk tracker" to assess which environmental policies are secure, and which are at risk from politicians seeking to weaken environmental standards.
Considered until recently to be an unrealistic 'ask' that would alienate businesses, the idea that pay ratios should be published has found its way into both Labour and Conservative election manifestos. Sustain welcomes the development, because some of the widest pay ratios are in the food sector.
Sustain respond to Labour's announcement that they would ban junk food advertising on all TV shows broadcast before 9pm as part of plans to tackle childhood obesity.
Two useful sources of information for food workers and campaigners trying to keep a tab on how withdrawal from the EU will affect food and food policy.
The event on 22 May focuses on the benefis of agroforestry, the thinking being that growing upwards as well as at ground level increases productivity, making the best use of light, nutrients and moisture.
The Lords Economic Affairs Committee is calling for written evidence on the importance of EU workers to the UK economy, and on what the impacts might be if immigration from the EU were to be curbed.
Read our response to the publication of the Environmental Audit Committee report on The Future of the natural Environment after the EU Referendum.
On 6 December 2016 MPs debated the issue of household food insecurity measurement in the UK, referencing the work of the Food Foundation and Sustain.
The government has published a major overhaul of its earlier proposal to restrict universities, charities and community groups from advocating policy change when in receipt of public funding.
Compassion in World Farming calls for support for a Bill that would give local authority ports the right to reject live animal freight.
Food policy is spread over various departments and policy areas, so there are several noteworthy appointments in the government formed by PM Theresa May after the EU referendum
MPs call for submissions to an inquiry on post-manufacture food waste, while the EU announces a Platform to help drive action
MPs challenge 'false economy' of reduced support for public health, health education and social care
Following nearly a decade of campaigning and negotiation, the European Parliament has announced a ban on all fishing below 800 metres, and restrictions on fishing below 400 metres to help protect particularly vulnerable deep-sea marine ecosystems that are quick to collapse and regenerate at slow rates.
In the first significant signal about how UK fisheries will be managed post-Brexit, the European commission has said that UK boats will need to stick to catch quotas set by the EU whilst we are still a member. Following Britain’s exit – nothing can be guaranteed.
Soil is being degraded so fast that some of Britain's most productive arable land could become unprofitable within a generation, a Select Committee warns
In the Queen's Speech today, the Queen - on behalf of the Government - announced that "legislation would be introduced to establish a soft drinks industry levy to tackle childhood obesity" and to improve life chances. The Queen's Speech marks the official opening of the new session of Parliament, and confirms the next stages of the process for the sugary drinks levy to became law in time for its planned introduction in 2018.
The Parliamentary Office on Science and Technology has produced a useful summary of the reasons for unhealthy diets -- and the steps that can help improve them.
On Thursday 21 January MPs will take part in a debate on a motion relating to the childhood obesity strategy. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes. The motion brought forward by Dr Wollaston is 'That this House calls on the Government to bring forward a bold and effective strategy to tackle childhood obesity'
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment Kerry McCarthy will be taking her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill forward for its second reading on 29th January.
Friends of the Earth are asking supporters to contact their MP and ask them to support a new law on food waste.
A group of MPs has released a report today, which echoes the recommendations of the recent Public Health England report on sugar, putting more pressure on Government to act.
A debate will be held on 30 November to consider a sugary drinks duty, as championed by Sustain and Jamie Oliver.
Jamie Oliver appeared before the Health Select Committee to discuss the evidence for and the necessity of introducing a radical obesity strategy, including a sugary drinks duty. Jamie told MPs on the House of Commons' Health Committee a tax would be the "single most important" change that could be made for the current obesity problem. He continued on to say that the tax would be deeply symbolic, and that David Cameron should “be brave” and show big business “who is boss.”
Children’s Food Campaign Co-ordinator Malcolm Clark was invited to give evidence to the Health Select Committee as part of their special inquiry into the Government's childhood obesity strategy. There, Mr. Clark along with Prof Graeme MacGregor, chairman of Action on Sugar, and Dr Paul Darragh, a member of the British Medical Association's board of science, made the case for the introduction of a sugary drinks duty as well as the need to tighten current regulations regarding marketing to children.
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