Parliament approve Soft Drinks Industry Levy
Today Parliament approved the Soft Drinks Industry Levy as part of the Finance Bill. This is a significant move forward for public health.
Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Sugar, says: "We are delighted to hear today’s news that Parliament has approved the sugar levy, despite fears last week that it may be shelved until after the general election. We now have the guarantee that the levy will be in place before the next government is formed.
"This coincides with news that Coca-Cola could face a £200m sugar tax from their Classic product alone if it doesn't step up efforts to significantly reduce sugar content. This tax must act as a key deterrent to ensure all drink manufacturers reformulate with immediate effect."
The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 30 organisations, says: “This is a landmark day for children’s health. Reducing our children’s sugar intake is a vital step to tackling devastating high levels of obesity, and can’t happen soon enough.