£20,000 for obesity expert

MQT on 2012-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2012
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Director's Decision (DD702) dated 6th March 2012 awarded up to £20,000 to Professor Harry Rutter "for the provision of specialist expertise in obesity until 31st March 2012". How much has been paid to Professor Rutter for this contract? What specific expertise has been provided for this sum, and can I please have a copy?


Answer for £20,000 for obesity expert

Answer for £20,000 for obesity expert

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Professor Rutter has been paid a total of £20,535.70 for his work up to 31st March 2012.

Throughout this period, Professor Rutter has worked closely with policy experts in the London Health Improvement Board Childhood Obesity team to develop proposals for action to tackle child obesity for the shadow London Health Improvement Board (LHIB). These papers are publicly available on the LHIB's website (www.lhib.org.uk). Professor Rutter has continued to work with the LHIB Team to develop a 'London Obesity Framework' that will support London boroughs to tackle child obesity. This work will be published later this year.

Professor Rutter is respected internationally for his expertise in the epidemiology and environmental causes of child obesity; and the national and international evidence base for tackling obesity. He has used this expertise to assist the work of the London Health Improvement Board Childhood Obesity team, has led stakeholder and expert workshops, and presented to the LHIB and the London Food Board.