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Sugar tax funding announced for health-promoting school improvements

1st March 2017

The government has announced plans to provide funding generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to help schools promote healthy living among students.

A total of 425 million pounds will be made available to schools during the 2018-19 financial year. It has been confirmed that the amount schools receive will not fall below this total, regardless of the funds generated by the levy.

Primary, secondary and sixth-form colleges will be able to use the funding to pay for facilities to support physical education, after-school activities and healthy eating. They will also be able to use the new healthy pupils capital programme to enhance facilities for children with physical conditions or mental health issues.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: "Schools can really help our children get a healthy start in life from exercise and sport, and also from knowing what a healthy diet means."

In total, the government has pledged more than 1.3 billion pounds in investment in 2018-19 to help young people live healthier lifestyles, including funding for the PE and sport premium, breakfast clubs and universal infant free school meals.

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