27/07/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 27/07/20

News:  Coronavirus prompts PM into obesity crackdown – BBC News Online

24 July 2020.  The prime minister is set to announce new measures to curb obesity next week, and they are expected to include a ban on TV junk food adverts before 21:00:


Comment:  Andrew Selous: It’s time for the Government to step up the war on obesity – Conservativehome.com

22 July 2020.  “I warmly welcome the indications that the Prime Minister is about to take further action on obesity. The greater risks run by people with obesity in combating COVID-19 have made this issue even more urgent but the truth is that even before the pandemic the UK had a serious obesity problem:


News:  Back-to-office parents need childcare, says Starmer.  BBC News Online

20 July 2020.  Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says parents will be in an “impossible position” if they have to stop working from home but do not have access to childcare or children’s summer clubs:


News:  British pupils ‘struggled to continue learning at home’ – BBC News Online

22 July 2020, Hannah Richardson.  A majority of British children struggled to continue learning at home during the lockdown, a report says.  The Office for National Statistics research found that of the 52% who struggled, three-quarters of parents gave a lack of motivation as a reason:


News:  Children’s Commissioner calls on Government to overhaul early years system – Nursery Management Today

21 July 2020.  Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, is calling on the Government to take action as the need for an overhaul of the early years system in England is crucial:

Opinion: Urgent action is needed to reduce widening inequalities in childhood obesity – BMJ

13 July 2020.  A recent Public Health England (PHE) report on childhood obesity trends in England up to the 2018-2019 academic year makes for uncomfortable reading:

News:  ‘Junk food is the new tobacco’: experts call for restrictions to tackle obesity – Guardian Online

19 July 2020, James Tapper and Robin McKie.  Scientists and health campaigners want bans on outlets near schools and an advertising watershed:


Article:  Young people with mental ill health struggling in lockdown – Willis Palmer

17 July 2020.  Eighty per cent of children and young people with mental health problems have said that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse:

Article:  Back “radical obesity plan” to protect health of children, Labour tells Johnson – Labour List

16 July 2020, Sienna Rodgers.  Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth is calling on Boris Johnson to implement a “radical obesity plan” to protect the health of children as new figures from NHS England reveal a growing crisis made worse by coronavirus:


Tory Diary: Johnson will have to abandon his libertarian instincts to tackle the obesity crisis – Conservativehome.com

16 July 2020, Charlotte Gill. After Boris Johnson fell dangerously ill with Coronavirus, it was widely reported that he’d had a Damascene conversion on sin taxes:


Article: Extend free childcare to one-year-olds to protect vulnerable from coronavirus fallout, ministers urged – Politics Home

17 July 2020, Kate Forrester.  Free childcare should be extended to one-year-olds to stop disadvantaged families falling through the cracks as the UK deals with the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has been told:


Data: Academic Year 2019/20 Schools, pupils and their characteristics – Explore Education Statistics

22 July 2020.  The publication combines information from the school census, school level annual school census, general hospital school census and alternative provision census:


News:  Andrea Leadsom to review disadvantaged children’s health – Guardian Online

15 July 2020, Heather Stewart.  Boris Johnson has appointed former cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom to carry out a review into how to improve health outcomes for babies and children from disadvantaged backgrounds:


News: Don’t assume you know how pupils fared during lockdown – TES Online

15 July 2020, Crispin Chatterton.  Assumptions about who has struggled and who has thrived during lockdown are unhelpful. Instead, take time to find out the real situation:

Don’t assume you know how pupils fared during lockdown

News:  England’s free school meals scheme to close for new claims over summer – Guardian Online

14 July 2020, Sally Weale.  Children in England who become eligible for free school meals (FSM) after the summer holidays have begun will miss out on the government’s voucher scheme, it has been confirmed:


News:  Huge rise in reports of online child abuse images – BBC News Online

16 July 2020, Branwen Jeffreys.  Reports of child abuse images online increased by almost 50% during lockdown, according to the Internet Watch Foundation.  In the 11 weeks from 23 March, its hotline logged 44,809 reports of images compared with 29,698 last year:


News:  New focus on babies’ and children’s health as review launches – Department of Health and Social Care, Jo Churchill MP, and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

15 July 2020.  A major new review into improving health outcomes in babies and young children has launched today:

New focus on babies’ and children’s health as review launches

News:  Marcus Rashford: Man Utd star to get honorary doctorate from University of Manchester – BBC News Online

15 July 2020.  Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign against child poverty:


News:  Duchess of Cambridge backs BBC’s Tiny Happy People scheme to help children – BBC News Online

13 July 2020.  The Duchess of Cambridge has said there is “a massive gap” in support given to parents after the first few months of a child’s life until they start school:


News: Curbing promos has little impact on obesity, industry insists – Just Food.com

13 July 2020, Dean Best.  There is “very limited evidence” curbing promotions would affect the level of obesity in the UK, the trade association representing food manufacturers:

Curbing promos has little impact on obesity, industry insists

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