'Nanny state full of PC snowflakes' - Sugar tax sparks anger

In 2014 Mexico also introduced a sugar tax levy on soft drinks.

Labor's position is similar, while the Greens have endorsed a 20 percent increase on sugar-sweetened drinks as part of a broader obesity prevention strategy.

Insight from our suppliers has suggested that products which contain the highest amounts of sugar could see a percentage increase for operators of up to 35%, albeit on low volume items.

The move aims to help tackle childhood obesity.

Despite the tax on a large size soft drinks container being the same as the duty on many beer cans, HMRC's assessments show no funding was made available to enforce the new legislation. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which was announced in 2016, will be applied to drinks manufacturers.

MailOnline has today broken down what the sugar tax means to consumers - calculating roughly how much prices will go up.

The new measure, created to tackle the obesity crisis, will apply a levy of 18p a litre to drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and 24p for those containing more than 8g per 100ml.


The new levy will not be paid on milk-based drinks and fruit juices.

Health campaigners hope the tax will mark the start of a more ambitious government obesity policy, including tighter measures to regulate the advertising of junk food. Daniel Pryor of the Adam Smith Institute think tank blasted the "paternalistic" sugar tax, saying: "Our poorly-designed, paternalistic sugary drinks tax will hurt poor people".

It is also expected to raise more than £275m per year for the Treasury.

When the company revealed the change there was uproar, and people were reportedly stockpiling the drink before the tax kicked in.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said: "A tax on sugary drinks is a positive move forward in tackling this obesity epidemic". However, a FactCheck conducted by TheJournal.ie found that, while consumption might be reduced, the net effect on obesity rates was negligible. Many argue that having a Coke or whatever other sugary drink is a personal choice and shouldn't be taxed - however, similar taxes have always been applied to alcohol and tobacco (among others) in most parts of the world.

Tesco said it would continue to stock a full range of branded drinks, which could be more expensive or come in a smaller serving size, but estimated 85% of all the drinks it sells would be exempt from the levy.


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