New Government Trailblazer programme for local authority action on child obesity

27 September 2018

From October, local authorities will be encouraged to submit proposals for a new Trailblazer programme to tackle childhood obesity, in a partnership between the Department of Health and the Local Government Association.

The 3-year programme forms part of the second chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan, launched in the summer, which included the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030. All councils will be invited to apply to the programme and set out their proposals. Up to 12 local authorities will be supported to develop practical plans, and in spring next year 5 authorities will be selected.

Trailblazer local authorities will be on the programme for 3 years. During that time they will be given expert advice to help realise their plans, as well as £100,000 per year in funding to support this.

Successful approaches to reducing childhood obesity will be considered for shaping national policy.

Children's Food Campaign welcomes the initiative, but says it will need to be scaled up for systemic change.

We have recently published a toolkit 'Good Policy for Good Food' which includes local authority policy levers on tackling diet-related ill health and creating healthier environments.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

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Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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