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ACC: 'GOVERNMENT SHOULD MILK SUBSIDY FOR HEALTH'

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The Association of County Councils has thrown its weight behind a campaign to get the government to reconsider its ...
The Association of County Councils has thrown its weight behind a campaign to get the government to reconsider its decision to drop a discretionary EC milk subsidy for school children.

A meeting of the association's education committee yesterday voted to support the campaign by the National Dairy Council and the Dairy Industry Federation.

It will be pressing ministers to think again about dropping the subsidy which funds school milk for secondary school children and for school catering. The subsidy will be withdrawn at the end of the current term. That will mean a cut of £6m in the amount of money local authorities will have to provide milk to children.

'The last thing we should be doing is giving money back to the EU that could be used to improve the health of children,' said committee chair, Mrs Saxon Spence.

'Milk is essential to a balanced diet and helps to build strong bones and healthy teeth. If the government drops the milk subsidy, it will set back out efforts to encourage young people to develop healthy eating habits and could have serious health implications for children. The government should think again.'
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