Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon and the party’s education spokesperson, has introduced a Bill in Parliament to improve the nutritional quality of school meals.
The School Food Bill will require all food in publicly-funded schools to be free of added sugar by 2022, and further restrict the serving of foods high in fat, salt or sugar.
Layla’s new Bill is part of her ongoing campaign to tackle issues of obesity and poor health amongst pupils.
The Bill would make all state schools, including academies and free schools, legally obliged to follow its standards. Currently, academies and free schools are not under any statutory obligation to do so.
Commenting, Layla said:
“The School Food Bill represents a step-change in healthy eating in schools. Childhood obesity and poor dental health, to name two key problems, can be significantly improved by making simple changes to the regulations on school food.
“This is about the long term. We want to see schools place a greater emphasis on preparing children for life, and healthy eating is an essential part of that.”