sugar tax welcomed by health bosses in Burnham-On-Sea area
bosses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed the
government's budget announcement for a tax on high sugar drinks.
Grant, Somersets Director of Public Health, told Burnham-on-Sea.com:
"This is great news for the health of our families and children
will help them to cut back on sugar, reducing childhood obesity
and help to prevent tooth decay."
want to do everything we can to support Somerset residents to
eat healthily and be more active."
tax will be introduced in two years time to ensure companies reduce
the sugar content of drinks and promote low sugar brands. Chancellor
George Osborne said it was a "perfectly reasonable step"
to protect children's health.
from this new levy will be used to double the funding we dedicate
to sport in every primary school," he said.
Office for Budget Responsibility has estimated it could add 18-24p
to the price of a litre of fizzy drink if the full cost is passed
on to the consumer.
Wright, director-general of the Food and Drink Federation, called
the announcement "a piece of political theatre" and
said the tax would lead to "less innovation and product reformulation,
and for some manufacturers is certain to cost jobs. Nor will it
make a difference to obesity."