Soft Drink Tax on the Table in the UK

January 30, 2013 Taxation in UK

2011_08_05LONDON – Everyone in the UK could be paying more for their favourite soft-drinks, as a charity group looks to tax sugar based drinks in order to improve the health of the country’s children.

A new report released on January 29th by the charity group Sustain is calling for the government to implement a tax on the sale of sugar based drinks in the country,  and the suggestion already has the backing of over 60 other organizations throughout the country.

Sustain calls for a tax of GBP 0.20 per litre on the sale of sugar based in the UK, which would raise an estimated GBP 1 billion in extra tax revenues per year.

The collected revenues should be set aside in a “Children’s Future Fund“, which would be specifically set aside to help pay for new programs to improve the health of children through the creation of subsidized school meal programs and supplying school children with sustainably produced fruit and vegetable snacks.

Explaining the importance of implementing a tax to improve the lifestyles of children and to reduce the consumption of sugar based drinks, the campaign director for Sustain Charlie Powell said “…sugar-laden drinks are mini-health time bombs, contributing to dental diseases, obesity and a host of life-threatening illnesses which cost the NHS (national health service) billions each year.”

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