Some of the money raised through the upcoming sugary drinks tax should be spent on ‘real’ bread for children’s breakfast, according to the Real Bread Campaign (RBC).
Announced in Wednesday’s Budget (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne set out plans to introduce a sugar tax on drinks with over 5 grams of sugar per 100ml, in two-years’ time. The Treasury said it expected the levy to raise £520m in its first year, £10m of which would be used to expand breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools from September 2017.
RBC issued a call for schools to spend their share of the funds on locally-sourced, additive-free loaves.
Chris Young, coordinator of RBC, said: “This is a great opportunity for schools to help get many thousands of children off to the best start with real bread breakfasts, which will also support small, independent bakeries in their local communities.”
Campaign group Action on Sugar recently welcomed the tax on sugary drinks, but said it did not feel the levy went far enough.