The Budget 2016 announced funding for a number of programmes linked to the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The Department for Education will receive £575 million during the current Spending Review period. Funding for 2020-21 onwards will be considered at the next Spending Review.
The funding has been used for the following projects:
- Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HCPF) - £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy is being used for the HCPF. This one-year fund for 2018-19 is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health. This is being achieved through enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. These facilities include kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities. There are no plans for the HCPF to continue beyond 2018-19.
- Primary PE and Sport Premium - In September 2017 we announced doubled funding for the Primary PE and Sport Premium to £320 million a year using revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.
- Essential Life Skills (ELS) - We have invested £22 million in an ELS programme to enable disadvantaged children and young people, living in some of the most deprived parts of the country to participate in regular extra-curricular activities which will enable them to develop essential life skills and get the best start in life. The ELS programme is targeting disadvantaged children and young people aged 5-18 across 12 opportunity areas (OA). We have disbursed funding of £7.95 million in 2017-18 and £13.8 million in 2018-19 to the 12 OAs to deliver ELS activities.
- National Schools Breakfast Programme (NSBP) - We are investing up to £26 million into the NSBP. This money will kick start or improve breakfast clubs in over 1,700 schools. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country (including the Department for Education’s OAs) to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.