One of our latest Talking Points has been the level of sugar in Londoners’ diets, and some of Public Health England’s recommendations for reducing this. Over 700 of you took our short survey.
Sugar consumption is strongly linked to obesity levels in both adults and children. 38% of adults in London are classified as overweight, with a further 20% classified as obese.67% of you think about sugar ‘always’ or ‘often’ when choosing what to eat, while 63% want to reduce sugar in your diets. However, 43% say that it’s hard to find out how much sugar is in food, so more work is needed to make this clearer.
Last week, the Government announced a new levy on sugary drinks in the budget, a measure that was also proposed by Public Health England. From 2018, sugary soft drinks (excluding fruit juices and drinks containing milk) will be subject to a ‘sugar tax’, meaning that they'll become more expensive. Proceeds will be invested in primary school sport.
54% of Talk Londoners support a sugar tax of 10-20%, while 51% think it would encourage them to reduce their own sugar intake. Among PHE’s other recommendations, the most popular were reducing sugar advertising to children and increasing public awareness of sugar content and the dangers of sugar intake.
The Health team at City Hall are reviewing the results to understand more about Londoners’ diets. What do you think of the proposed sugar tax? Would it encourage you to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet? When choosing what to eat, are you thinking about sugar content, or other things like fat, calories or even cost? Let us know on our discussion thread.
The second part of our Talking Points survey focussed on local regeneration and, in particular, the role of community groups in this. We asked how much responsibility you thought local community groups should have in local improvement projects.
23% of you said they should be consulted on projects designed and delivered by local government. 24% said community groups should be able to vote on project ideas. 25% of you said they should be the providers of early stage ideas.
Just 2% of you felt that community groups should be the fundraisers for projects delivered by local government – with just 4% feeling that community groups should be responsible for every aspect of bringing local projects to life.
17% of you felt that community groups could be the providers of ideas and also the fundraisers for projects that they also deliver, with some support from local government. 60% of you were aware of crowdfunding as a potential means of doing this.
The majority of you (62%) are not currently involved in local community groups. We’ve started up a new discussion to gather more of your views and ideas on empowering local communities to help make change in their areas.