United Kingdom sugar tax comes into force

Marcus Newton
April 8, 2018

A new tax on sugary soft drinks is now in force across the UK.

For drinks with a sugar content of 8g or more per 100ml - a sugar content of 8% or above - the tax adds 24p per litre to the cost.

There have been renewed calls for a sugary beverages tax to be introduced nationally, amid a mounting case against sugar.

Ireland's sugar tax is expected to yield around €40m per year when it comes into effect, most likely from next month.

"Our teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend in this country".

If you bought a bottle of Coca Cola this lunchtime you might have noticed prices have gone up. They cost in the region of 70p. There is an estimate that it will raise £520 million which will benefit the funding of education.

Why is the sugar tax imposed? Sprite and Fanta have around six to seven grams of sugar per 100ml, so their increase will be by 18p a litre.

What is the sugar tax?

Why are the Government introducing the tax? "Customer experience is more important than ever, so aim to offer innovative soft drinks, lower in sugar but perfectly served, to stand out from the crowd".

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In response to this, the supermarkets that have changed their recipes include Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and The Co-op.

FOOD taxes hit the least well-off the hardest - and experts say there's little evidence they fight obesity.

Prices will also rise in pubs and restaurants around the UK.

Will it apply to all drinks?

Pure fruit juices and drinks with high levels of milk (75 per cent) are exempt from the tax.

But this hasn't gone down well with some consumers, with reports of shoppers stockpiling Irn Bru ahead of the recipe change.

The amount each brand goes up by depends on the amount of sugar in the drink. They also discovered sugar taxes will most improve the health of the poorest, who are more affected by non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, which are affected by diet (The Telegraph). The revenue generated will be put into the Primary Sports Premium, the creation of a Healthy Pupils Capital Fund to help schools upgrade their sports facilities, and give children access to top quality PE equipment.

But dentists are calling for a portion of the estimated £280 million it will generate in 2018/19 to be spent on promoting oral health.

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