Healthy eating in Lambeth Schools
Healthy eating in Lambeth Schools

Cllr Ed Davie is the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, and a councillor in Thornton Ward.

Local projects to cut childhood obesity have lost their funding as Conservatives break their health promises.

Last year the sugar tax, which added a small amount to the cost of unhealthy drinks, raised nearly £350,000 for schemes in Lambeth aimed improving our children’s diet.

Labour-led Lambeth Council used the money to buy cooking equipment and water fountains for schools in the borough.

As a result thousands of Lambeth children have used the equipment to learn how to cook healthy meals using vegetables and free water is more readily available.

It helped build on Lambeth’s good record of reducing childhood obesity among 10-11-year-olds against a rising trend nationally. Even so about four out of 10 Lambeth children in Year Six are above a healthy weight so there is much more to be done.

This year we hoped to continue investing in supporting families to eat and drink more healthily and get more exercise.

Unfortunately these plans will now have to be dropped as the Tory government says it is keeping the money to pay for tax cuts for the richest.

It adds to the pressure on Lambeth Council’s public health team which works to prevent illness by supporting healthy eating, drinking, exercise and access to good services. Not only does this work save lives and suffering but it also saves money as fewer people need expensive hospital care. Despite that common sense the Conservatives and their Liberal Democrat Coalition partners in the previous government have cut the public health budget by a quarter.

We all know Conservatives are bad for our health but it really is unforgiveable when they damage our children’s health as well.

Lambeth Council will continue to do its best to support our children live healthier lives despite yet more cuts by the Tory government.

Cllr Ed Davie

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