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A Fairer, Greener Scotland

The Scottish Government recently published its Programme for Government 2021-2022, which includes plans that will be of interest to the community food sector. ‘Land of opportunity’ plans to take steps to end the need for food banks in Scotland as a primary response; plans to roll out Food For Life across more primary schools and …

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Out of Home Action Plan

The Scottish Government recently published the Out of Home Action Plan, which will involve developing a voluntary framework for food outlets, to be undertaken by Food Standards Scotland and colleagues in the Diet and Healthy Weight team at PHS. It also has proposals for mandatory calorie labelling. More information about the framework can be found …

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Tackling Food Insecurity and Poverty – a human rights approach

The Scottish Government has published a position statement in response to a joint letter to the UK from the UN Special Rapporteurs responsible for food and poverty. The statement outlines Scotland’s human rights approach to the challenges of food insecurity and poverty and outlines actions the Scottish Government has taken in response to the Covid-19 …

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UK Government’s ‘Tackling Obesity’ policy and National Food Strategy

On 27 July the UK Government launched its new strategy to help adults and children live healthier lives by tackling obesity.  While many provisions relate only to England there are others which are UK wide. Headlines include intentions to: Ban TV and (consult on banning online) adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt …

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Good Food Nation Proposals for Legislation consultation

Scottish Government today launched its Good Food Nation consultation. The consultation is available on the Scottish Government website consultation hub and is available for responses until 29 March 2018. https://consult.gov.scot/food-and-drink/good-food-nation/  

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A Connected Scotland: Scottish Government strategy for tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

Scotland has become one of the first countries in the world to develop a national strategy to deal with social isolation. To kick start the strategy, Minister for Older People and Equalities, Christina McKelvie said the strategy would be backed by £1 million over the next two years to support and expand innovative projects and …

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Scottish Government consultation on restricting junk food promotions – closing soon

The Scottish Government is consulting with the public, and food and retail industries on restricting the in-store marketing and promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt, with little or no nutritional benefit. The consultation is part of the Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan, and will inform assessments of impact and possible legislation.  …

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A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

The delivery plan has now been launched and can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.    

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New public health priorities for Scotland

A number of community food initiatives contributed to discussions around new public health priorities and these can now be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.    

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Scottish Government publication: independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy

The Scottish Government has recently published an independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft diet and healthy weight strategy, held between October 2017 and January 2018. Over 360 academics, health professionals, members of the general public, organisations (including health and third sector organisations), local authorities and members of the food and drinks …

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