Soft Drinks: Taxation

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which organisations have been provided with funding as a result of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy; and how much each of those organisations received, in each year since its introduction.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Budget 2016 announced that the Department would receive funding of £575 million, linked to the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), for a number of programmes.

Since September 2017, the funding has been used to double primary PE and Sport Premium, with SDIL revenue contributing an additional £160 million a year towards the total of £320 million. School-level allocations are available here: https://skillsfunding.service.gov.uk/single-funding-statement/latest/start.

Allocations from previous years are available on The National Archives’ website: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search/result/?q=pe+and+sport+premium.

From the revenue generated from the SDIL, £100 million was used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in the 2018-19 financial year. Allocations for each local authority and multi-academy trust, who were eligible to receive a direct allocation, were published in March 2018 and are available here: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20190212204720/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-allocations.

Details of successful Healthy Pupils Capital Fund projects funded through the Condition Improvement Fund have been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/condition-improvement-fund-2018-to-2019-outcome.

Funding of nearly £22 million was allocated, between 2017 and 2019, to an Essential Life Skills (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. These activities will enable them to develop essential life skills and get the best start in life. The ELS programme targeted disadvantaged children and young people aged 5-18 across 12 opportunity areas. Areas received £7.95 million in the 2017-18 financial year and £13.8 million in the 2018-19 financial year. Details of the grants are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/essential-life-skills-grant-s31-grant-determination-and-letters.

The Department is investing up to £35 million from the SDIL to fund the National Schools Breakfast Programme over 3 years from March 2018. Overall, this money will start or improve breakfast clubs in up to 2,450 schools in disadvantaged areas, making them more sustainable in the long run. The focus of these clubs has been to target the most disadvantaged areas of the country, including the Department’s opportunity areas, to help make sure every child gets the best start in life.

The Department confirmed in July that children from more than 1,800 schools in England, who are currently part of our Breakfast Clubs programme, would be offered healthy breakfasts over the summer months: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-children-offered-nutritious-breakfasts-during-summer.

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