European School Milk Scheme
We have drafted a letter to send to Welsh Assembly Members asking for them to support our campaign in the Welsh Assembly. It introduces the SNMA and our goals, and invites them to table questions in the Assembly and contact ministers to highlight the importance of school milk and ask for assurances that school milk provisions will continue to be available after Brexit. We plan to send this out once the Assembly returns from recess on 8th January.
We have updated our summary of all the member states’ strategies to the EU School Milk Scheme as more have been published. We are paying particular attention to the complementary educational measures for ideas on how to promote milk consumption in children in the UK. Although the UK’s strategy is relatively generous, the scheme only covers that time in which the UK is in the EU, and so allocates funding only until March 2019. This means that the UK will receive a year and a half of funding from the EU, as opposed to other states who will receive five years’ funding. We are asking the Government to announce plans for after this date.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove gave a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference 2018 where he announced that his Department would protect the farming support that currently comes from the EU until 2022. Mr Gove reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that post-Brexit agriculture is productive, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly. He also acknowledged the Government’s role in public health, and he had introduced the School Food Plan when he was Education Secretary, although he did not mention milk specifically.

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