Thursday, May 19, 2016

Queen's Speech confirms UK sugar tax

The Queen's Speech, which outlines the UK Government’s agenda for the next year, confirms the introduction of the 'Soft Drinks Industry Levy' - the sugar tax.

In response to concerns about child obesity, the levy will hit fizzy drink companies with taxes worth up to 24 pence (Australian 48 cents) per litre, forcing them to reduce their drinks' sugar content or increase prices to put people off buying these products.

The tax, to be introduced in 2018, will fund primary school sport, let secondary schools extend the school day, and expand 1600 school breakfast clubs.

Through the Rethink Sugary Drinks campaign, the Australian Dental Association supports the introduction of a sugar tax in Australia to fight obesity and dental decay and erosion.