Labour’s Child Health Plan: Food Active response

Labour’s Child Health Plan: Food Active response

Today Kier Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, has outlined what the Labour party would do, should they be successful at the forthcoming General Election (expected in the second half of 2024, if not before January 2025) to prioritise child health. Our Programme Lead responds…

Nicola Calder, Food Active Programme Lead said:

“A ban on junk food adverts before 9pm on TV and online should already be in effect. However, due to the current government’s hesitancy and not one, but two delays to this legislation, children continue to be bombarded by adverts for less healthy food and drink. It is promising to see the Labour party’s commitment to this important policy, which will help to take junk food out of the spotlight. 

We also welcome proposals to promote better oral health for our young people and ensure all primary school children have access to a free, healthy breakfast to start their day.

There is still, however, many more opportunities for the next government, whichever party that may be, to prioritise child health. We would like to see further progress to address issues such as multibuy promotions, energy drinks, extending eligibility to free school meals and the healthy start scheme. This is the time to be bold and ambitious – the future generation are counting on it.”

 

For further information about the plan, follow this link to Kier Starmers’ editorial in The Guardian.

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