Sugar Tax

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3720
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the news that 90% of hospital chief executives in England support the launch of a 'sugar tax' and in line with your role to tackle health inequalities, what measures would you consider appropriate for London to tackle excess sugar consumption?

Answer

Answer for Sugar Tax

Answer for Sugar Tax

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA already delivers and supports a wide range of programmes across London to improve healthy eating including reducing excess sugar consumption:

       Healthy Schools London supports and recognises schools doing good work to support the health and wellbeing of their pupils and was particularly designed to tackle obesity.

       The GLA's Food Team is working with two Food Flagship Boroughs (Lambeth and Croydon) to transform the whole food environment in these boroughs in order to improve health and attainment in the long term.

       The GLA's Food Team is a partner in both Capital Growth and Food Growing Schools London which aim to increase food growing in the capital.  

       The Double-Value Fruit and Veg Rose Vouchers scheme is supported by the GLA's Food Team. It doubles the value of Healthy Start vouchers for new and expectant mothers on low incomes when buying fruit and vegetables.

       The GLA is a partner in the Good Food for London Report which highlights work being done by London boroughs on a range of health indicators including breastfeeding, food growing, school food and healthier catering.