Agenda item

The Local Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.


The Committee considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services which set out a Declaration for the City Corporation to sign up to on sugar reduction and healthier food. The Health and Wellbeing Board had in February given their approval for the City Corporation to sign up to this initiative.


A Member asked for a more proactive approach to advertise the City’s drinking fountains, explaining that flyers within the City Information Centre and inclusion within the City Walks brochures could be given consideration. It was added that the creation of a mobile app similar to the toilet app could be looked into. A Member, the Chairman of the Licensing Committee, confirmed that licensed premises were obligated under the terms of their license to provide free drinking water upon request to members of the public not purchasing a drink.


A Member asked that focus also be given to encouraging healthier schools adding that sugary drinks had recently been given out to commuters passing through Liverpool Street Station. In response, the Director of Community and Children’s Services explained that the school aspect was being addressed within the corporate catering contract and the Department were looking to adopt the guidelines provided by the Department of Education.


RESOLVED – That the Committee:

a)    note the report;

b)    endorse the steps and proposals for action outlined in the report before Members; and

c)      support the signing of the Local Government Declaration on sugar reductions and healthier food by the City of London Corporation.

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