MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What work are you carrying out on malnutrition in London?




Answered By: 
The Mayor

Addressing food insecurity and increasing access to healthy, affordable food is paramount to addressing malnutrition. Tackling household food insecurity is prioritised in the London Food Strategy, as part of my broader approach to tackling poverty. I continue to support publication of the Beyond the Food Bank report, measuring each borough’s progress in tackling this and I am funding Good Food Retail Plans to help boroughs improve access to healthy, affordable food in areas of particular need.

I am working with the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Kitchen Social Programme to build capacity and capability in grassroots organisations to offer food that meets school food standards to thousands of young people in low income households during the school holidays.

Child obesity is also a form of malnutrition and my work on this led by London’s Child Obesity Taskforce, including bold measures to support healthier food environments for all Londoners, such as the recent TfL ban on junk food advertising.