Directing the sugar levy to effectively address child obesity in Lambeth
PHE ePoster Library. Oki B. 09/12/19; 274318; 128
Dr. Bimpe Oki
Dr. Bimpe Oki
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Abstract Introduction
The sugar levy took effect in 2018. Revenue generated went into the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund. Councils were given the flexibility to distribute to their schools based on health and wellbeing needs and priorities. This provided the opportunity to take an evidence based approach to support schools to contribute to tackling obesity locally. Method Public Health, in consultation with stakeholders from the Council and schools agreed allocation would be via a bidding process. Schools with less capacity to bid and greater needs were supported. The bidding process was simple, with a provision of a list of items to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Schools identified their needs and linked them to the relevant intervention and expected impact for their school. To enable more schools to benefit, Public Health attracted additional resources through match funding from external organisations. Criteria used to assess bids and allocate funds covered:deprivationobesityschool involvement with health and wellbeing programmes and other qualitative information.
All schools that applied received funds, with over 23,000 pupils benefitting.. Due to economies of scale, lower prices and bonuses were negotiated with suppliers. Schools found the bidding straightforward and the allocation process transparent and fair.
This approach ensured that allocation was related to need and that the funding would be utilised to tackle obesity. It also highlighted to schools evidence based interventions and encouraged joined up working and synergies. Giving councils a role in health and wellbeing related school national funding could have greater local impact. External funding details
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