Nursery Milk and School Food Standards
  • Dr Hilary held a meeting with Jackie O’Neil and Cat Byrne, Healthy Pupils Unit, at the Department for Education, as well as officials working on free school meals and early years. At the meeting, officials said that the School Food Standards will be updated in 2018. This will mainly reflect changes to guidance on sugar consumption and is unlikely to directly impact on milk. We also discussed how the revenue from the soft drinks levy will be spent, the timescales for the Ofsted thematic review on obesity, healthy eating and physical activity and the consultation on changes to free school meal eligibility.

  • DfE and Public Health England (PHE) have published guidance for healthy eating in early years settings, which is very positive about milk, and recommends that children should only be offered milk or water, and that children aged one to four should be given three portions of dairy a day.

  • HMRC has opened a consultation on proposals to change the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals. The proposals included would result in up to 50,000 extra pupils being eligible for the scheme.

  • We produced a summary of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its obesity strategy, which states that the Scottish Government lobby the Westminster Government require that milk drinks which are exempt from the soft drinks levy should have a minimum milk content of 95 per cent rather than 75 per cent as at present.

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