Guides and Practices

School meals and nutritional standards: This briefing, published by the House of Commons looks at the requirements on schools to provide nutritional meals, and the provision of free school meals. It also addresses the requirements on the provision of free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data and Tools

Smoking prevalence in young adults aged 18 to 34 years: The newly added data by Public Health England reports on the prevalence of smoking among young adults (18 – 34 years) by sex and region. Smoking prevalence among these adults can also be found by deprivation decile and socioeconomic status for the white ethnic group. More updates on the newly added smoking data can be found here.


Measuring poverty 2020: Published by the Social Metrics Commission, this reports on the approach developed to measure poverty. As the full extent of COVID-19 unfolds, measuring poverty will also be central to ensuring that the long-term economic and social impacts of the crisis are tackled. According to the report, poverty in the UK remains a significant issue with 14.4 million people in the UK are living in families in poverty of which 4.5 million are children (33% of all children). Furthermore, overall rates of poverty have changed relatively little since the millennium.

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK - 2020: This report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies examines how living standards were changing in the UK up until the COVID-19 crisis, using the latest official household income data covering years up to 2018–19. The report focuses on how living standards differed for different groups and what this means in terms of poverty and inequality. According to the report, median household income was essentially the same in 2018-19 as in 2015-16 and low-income households experienced five years of real income stagnation.

NICEimpact children and young people’s healthcare: This report reviews how NICE recommendations for evidence-based and cost-effective care are being used in priority areas of the health and care system for children and young people. It highlights the progress made by the health and care system in implementing NICE guidance.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on young people in Great Britain: This analysis by the Office of National Statistics explores the social impacts on COVID-19 on young people (16-29 years) between 3 April 2020 and 10 May 2020. Overall, the levels of concern over COVID-19 were lower among young people. Among those who were worried, their main concerns were the effects on schools or universities (24%), their well-being (22%), work (16%) and household finances (16%).

Inclusion and education: The 2020 Global Education Monitoring report evaluates the progress made towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education and its associated ten targets, and other education related targets in the SDG agenda. It also addresses inclusion in education, drawing focus to all those excluded from education, because of background or ability. It also explores the challenges to achieving this goal, followed by concrete policy examples from countries that have managed to tackle them with success. Complementing this work, the GEM Report has also launched a new online monitoring tool, Scoping Progress in Education, (SCOPE) telling us a visual story behind SDG 4 data.

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