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> Councillor Plans To Axe Children's Fruit, Blow to health and wellbeing in Glasgow
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post 29th Aug 2010, 11:25am
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Maggie Thatcher took their milk. Now, a senior councillor at Glasgow City Council intends to take fresh fruit out of the mouths of the city's youngest children. Gordon Matheson, the man who replaced Steven Purcell as leader of the country's biggest council, has announced that he plans to take the 'tough' decision of removing regular free fruit for primary school children.

The fresh fruit initiative was launched for youngsters in Glasgow schools almost a decade ago and has proved highly popular, with health professionals claiming that the scheme has been helping address the problems caused by the poor diet of Glasgow children.


Research has consistently found that giving young children fruit early in their lives leads to long-term improvements in nutritional intake, bringing long-lasting health and wellbeing benefits. The council itself claims that the initiative boosts energy levels in children, meaning they will "perform better in class".

The move to cut free fresh fruit from children's diets is expected to save the council 1.8million from a gross service expenditure budget of 2.5billion.

The 'Fruit Plus' programme is highlighted on the council website:
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All primary school pupils in Glasgow get free, fresh fruit every school day.

The different types of fruit you might be given includes apples, oranges, grapes, bananas and pears.

Not only does it taste great but it is also really good for you. Fruit can boost your memory meaning your performance will improve in class. It also gives you lots of vitamins helping you to stay fit and stopping you from getting ill.

Announcing the plan for the cut, which directly contradicts one the council's key spending priorities of "improving health and wellbeing", Councillor Matheson said:
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What we will do is ensure the quality of teaching and learning in Glasgow is protected.

Writing in the Glasgow Guide guestbook shortly after the proposed cut was announced in the Evening Times, a concerned visitor wrote:
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I wish to hear from Councillor Matheson on his reason to cut giving out fruit to primary school children.

He must have saved a tenner! Why not cut out the free drinks and food to councillors and ex-councillors. That would save Glasgow at least 2 million a year!

They have large pensions as well, which should be reduced !

Earlier this month, senior councillors were criticised for spending thousands of pounds on entertaining politicians and business contacts at the Glasgow Show. During the event, invited councillors, MSPs, other guests and their families were treated to complimentary alcohol and food.

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post 30th Aug 2010, 05:52am
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Why is it my responsibility to feed other people's kids?
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- GG   Councillor Plans To Axe Children's Fruit   29th Aug 2010, 11:25am
- - big tommy   AS usual it is the ones who need things most who w...   29th Aug 2010, 12:20pm
- - George Brown   Surely the provision of fruit is an education itse...   29th Aug 2010, 01:11pm
- - Heather   A typical Council decision to take from the poores...   29th Aug 2010, 01:39pm
- - Rob Rattray   Totally agree with George Brown's statement, a...   29th Aug 2010, 01:40pm
- - beth   But did he have milk? This story really makes me s...   29th Aug 2010, 02:13pm
- - ladihelen   Papers to-day say the EU are involved as the Scott...   29th Aug 2010, 03:05pm
|- - GG   QUOTE (ladihelen @ 29th Aug 2010, 04:07pm...   29th Aug 2010, 08:11pm
- - benny   Now, be reasonable - no-one can expect our council...   29th Aug 2010, 03:06pm
- - Jupiter   I think it is a sad day when this sort of thing is...   29th Aug 2010, 04:18pm
- - *Harry Greenwood*   Should such a edict ben presented to any Council h...   29th Aug 2010, 05:13pm
- - clyderunner1   What a pity. I know I'm not A Scot, but my wi...   29th Aug 2010, 05:51pm
- - Jupiter   Clyderunner in the 70s there was but one Governmen...   29th Aug 2010, 06:08pm
- - CAMPSIE   What I cant understand is why they appear not to r...   29th Aug 2010, 07:19pm
- - *Waverley*   Typical of people in high places take from the kid...   29th Aug 2010, 07:23pm
|- - AGNES AND ROBERT   QUOTE (*Waverley* @ 29th Aug 2010, 08:25p...   29th Aug 2010, 08:08pm
- - michael   I’ve always believed school children should ...   29th Aug 2010, 08:25pm
- - fefe55   The usual "Dick Turpin" style, rob the p...   29th Aug 2010, 08:26pm
- - GG   I found an interesting quote on the Fruit Plus ini...   29th Aug 2010, 08:30pm
- - Guest   Why is it my responsibility to feed other people...   30th Aug 2010, 05:52am
|- - Tommy Kennedy   QUOTE (Guest @ 30th Aug 2010, 07:54am) Wh...   30th Aug 2010, 11:21am
|- - droschke7   QUOTE (Guest @ 30th Aug 2010, 07:54am) Wh...   30th Aug 2010, 12:20pm
- - Melody   Well Guest you presumably are a member of the huma...   30th Aug 2010, 07:39am
- - Guest   The scheme to give fruit to school children in Gla...   30th Aug 2010, 08:11am
- - michael   Roll on election time, we can save money by gettin...   30th Aug 2010, 12:43pm
- - Jupiter   Michael,get rid of Mathieson by all means but who ...   30th Aug 2010, 01:15pm
- - Guest   The problem we have in our society is that we are ...   30th Aug 2010, 04:40pm
|- - Guest #2   QUOTE (Guest @ 30th Aug 2010, 05:42pm) Th...   30th Aug 2010, 10:06pm
- - benny   Ah've been hearin prophecies of Britain's ...   30th Aug 2010, 06:34pm
- - Cate Ferguson   I watched a programme recently about the amount of...   30th Aug 2010, 09:41pm
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