UK Sees Push For Sugar Tax

December 1, 2015 Taxation in UK

LONDON – Lawmakers in the UK are pushing for a sugar tax, claiming that the tax would reduce obesity rates, especially among children.

Earlier this week the Parliament Health Committee in the UK called on the government to implement a 20 percent tax on the sale of sugar laden beverages.

The tax is aimed at reducing the rate of obesity, and related illnesses, in the country, by reducing the consumption of sugar-filled drinks.

It is currently estimated that one third of UK children leaving primary school are overweight or obese, and children from low income families are twice as likely as their peers to be obese or overweight.

Obesity has been linked to diabetes, and other health related problems, both in the short term and long term.

Obesity and related health issues are estimated to cost the UK health services approximately GBP 5.1 billion each year.

While the tax has the support of the Health Committee, it has already been criticized by the British Beer and Pub Association, which claims that such a tax would add an extra tax burden on pubs, which are already an already overburden industry.

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