UK to impose tax on sugary drinks
George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, has placed a tax on sugary drinks at the centre of his new budget in an attempt to “put the next generation first” as he put it. The tax is to take effect in two years and will be levied on companies according to the volume of sugar-sweetened drinks they produce or import. The tax will apply to drinks containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a second, higher band for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml. The Office for Budgetary Responsibility suggests that the bands will be levied at 18p (0.23$) and 24p (0.30$) per litre.
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This tax sets an example in the fight against NCDs as it presents a low-cost solution for minimizing the consumption of unhealthy beverages while at the same time allocating domestic financial resources to NCD prevention. NCDAPA has been continuously promoting the introduction of such a tax in the Asia/Pacific region as it proves to be a viable way towards NCD reduction in the region hit hardest by the rising NCD epidemic (see our article: Taxes on Sugary Drinks Seem to Work According to Plan).