Government rejects Jamie Oliver’s sugary drinks tax

Government rejects Jamie Oliver’s sugary drinks tax
24/09/2015 - 14:22
The Department of Health has stated it has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, despite the Jamie Oliver and Sustain petition gathering over 144,000 signatures.

A statement from the Department of Health says: “The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

“The Government has committed to a tax lock to avoid raising the cost of living and to promote UK productivity and economic growth, however, the Government keeps all taxes under review, with decisions being a matter for the Chancellor as part of the Budget process.

“The causes of obesity are complex, caused by a number of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors, and tackling it will require a comprehensive and broad approach.

“As such, the Government is considering a range of options for tackling childhood obesity, and the contribution that Government, alongside industry, families and communities can make, and will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year.”

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