Mark Whitehead 21 November 2018

'Sugar tax' raises more than £150m to fight child obesity

Cash collected from the 'sugar tax' has already helped in the fight against childhood obesity, according to the Government.

It says soft drinks manufacturers and traders have paid an extra £153.8m in tax since April which will help fund physical education and breakfast clubs in at least 1,700 schools.

The Government introduced the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) in April as part of its initiative to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging manufacturers to reduce the sugar content in products.

But it admits the UK still has one of the highest obesity rates among developed countries and soft drinks are the biggest source of sugar in children’s diets.

Treasury minister Robert Jenrick, said: 'Today’s figures show the positive impact the soft drinks levy is having by raising millions of pounds for sports facilities and healthier eating in schools, as well as encouraging manufacturers to cut sugar in over half the drinks found in UK stores.

'Helping our next generation to have a healthy and active childhood is a priority for us, and I’m pleased to see the industry is playing its part.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Rochford

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Rochford. England, Essex, Rochford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Castle Point

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Castle Poi England, Essex, Castle Point
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Support Worker - Achieve Together - Peach Cottage and Lynray

Essex County Council
Up to £18525 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Achieve Together to recruit Support Workers for their residential service, Peach Cottage a England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Support Worker - Achieve Together - Lancaster Gardens

Essex County Council
Up to £9.50 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Achieve Together to recruit Support Workers for their supported living service, Lancaster G England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Support Worker - Achieve Together - Holland Road

Essex County Council
Up to £18000 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Achieve Together to recruit Support Workers for their supported living service, Holland Roa England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.