Councils express concern how UK Sugar Tax of £1.2 billion is being spent

Local Government Association
Friday, August 12, 2022
The soft drinks industry levy, designed to reduce consumption of sugary drinks, has raised around £1.2 billion since its introduction. However, it is no longer ringfenced to be spent on efforts to tackle obesity and physical inactivity despite a commitment from the Government to use the levy to fund “programmes to encourage physical activity and balanced diets.” A recent study suggests that only 45 per cent of primary school aged children have one hour a day worth of physical activity, with data collected by councils also revealing rates of childhood obesity are still above their pre pandemic levels.
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