Report Urges Government To Tax Sugary Drinks

A new report has recommend the government establish a new tax on sugary drinks, with the proceeds going towards child health.

A duty on sugary drinks could raise £1bn a year, which could be used to pay for free school meals and measures to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables, the report, by food and farming charity Sustain, has said.

Backed by more than 60 organisations including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Friends of the Earth, the National Heart Forum and the Royal Society for Public Health the report adds that the levy would also help save lives by cutting consumption of sugar-laden drinks.

Diet-related illness costs the NHS £6bn every year.

Sustain urged the chancellor, George Osborne, to introduce a sugary drinks duty in his budget on 20 March and to channel most of the cash raised into a Children's Future Fund for programmes to improve children's health and future well-being.


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