The ALMR has responded to the launch of Labour’s public health approach by welcoming measures to promote personal responsibility, but warned against rising levels of bureaucracy and added costs for businesses.
The Labour Party has today set out its approach to public health before this year’s election pledging to shift the emphasis to personal responsibility and set maximum levels of fat salt and sugar in children’s food.
ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “We are pleased to see the labour party raise the issue of personal responsibility regarding health issues in the approach to public health. We want to work with local and national authorities to provide customers with all the information they require to make informed choices regarding their own health.
“What we want to avoid is any additional bureaucracy that will only hinder licensed hospitality businesses efforts to provide great experiences for customers who are choosing to dine out.
“Partnership schemes have the ability to direct the focus towards personal responsibility without the need for further regulation. There may be times when regulation is needed, but only as a matter of last resort and we will continue to lobby for increased focus on voluntary and partnership measures to provide our customers with informed choices and healthy options.”