Find out how your borough fares in two new reports from Sustain
The 2017 Good Food for London and Beyond the Food Bank reports expose which boroughs are showing leadership and which are lagging behind.
Now in its seventh year of publication, the Good Food for London league table highlights the measures councils are using to create a healthy and sustainable food future.
The report found that 18 boroughs have improved across 11 indicators over the last year, with Brent and Southwark being recognised for having improved the most since 2016. Whilst more councils now pay London Living Wage and are Unicef Baby Friendly accredited, fewer are involved in the Healthier Catering Commitment. It's also good to see a new measure included this year: tracking councils’ efforts to tackle the high quantities of sugar, fat and salt found in too many foods.
Sister report, Beyond the Food Bank shows a similar mixed picture of how London local authorities are addressing food poverty. On the bright side, there has been a concerted effort by councils to protect children’s centres during drastic budget cuts, with Islington, Lambeth and Greenwich topping the table. But worryingly a third of London boroughs were unable to provide information on how they are tackling food poverty, at a time when 37% of London children are living in poverty and experiencing hunger.
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