Sustain responds to press reports on Coca-Cola's plans to change the sizing and prices of some of their products ahead of the implementation of the Sugary Drinks Tax.
The manufacturer of Lucozade, Ribena and Orangina plans to reformuate all of its soft drink brands this year, to avoid incurring the sugar tax.
Sustain's Childrens Food Campaign sets its sights on the fate of the Sugary Drinks Industry Levy in Tuesday's Finance Bill
The Government promised to introduce a small tax on unhealthy sugary drinks, raising £520 million in its first year alone to pay for sports activities and healthy breakfast clubs, benefiting the millions of children who attend UK schools. Parts of the food and sugary drinks industry simply don’t want to pay towards improving children’s health, and preventing the obesity, diabetes and distressing tooth decay caused by excessive sugar consumption.
"Sugary drink taxes do not have a negative impact on employment, and industry claims of job losses are overstated and may mislead policy-makers and the public." That is the verdict of a peer-reviewed article published in the American Journal of Public Health.
In the Queen's Speech today, the Queen - on behalf of the Government - announced that "legislation would be introduced to establish a soft drinks industry levy to tackle childhood obesity" and to improve life chances. The Queen's Speech marks the official opening of the new session of Parliament, and confirms the next stages of the process for the sugary drinks levy to became law in time for its planned introduction in 2018.
The IFS, in its response to all elements of the Chancellor's March 2016 budget, have produced an analysis of different ways a sugary drinks tax could work, and the impact it could have. Read our response.
A new report by Cancer Research UK concludes that the impact of a sugary drinks tax on obesity rates would be significant. It is predicted that a 20% tax on sugary drinks in the UK would prevent 3.7 million people becoming obese. This would save the NHS £10m a year by 2025.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is backing calls for sugary drinks to be taxed.
Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that Government could perform a U-turn on a sugary drinks tax and says dealing with UK’s Obesity crisis should be treated as seriously as smoking.
Calls for a tax on sugary drinks led by Plaid Cmyru, have been backed by Labour in a vote in the Welsh Assembly, with members voting 38 to 10 in favour of the motion.
A debate will be held on 30 November to consider a sugary drinks duty, as championed by Sustain and Jamie Oliver.
The UK Government has responded to Sustain and Jamie Oliver's petition to say it has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Sustain and Jamie Oliver today launch a petition calling on Government to tax sugary drinks. The Children’s Health Fund is also launched by Jamie and Sustain, with funds coming from a self imposed sugary drinks levy by Jamie’s UK restaurants. Leon are the first group to join Jamie’s UK restaurants in adopting the levy contributing to the Children's Health Fund.
Sustain welcomes Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to encourage us to reduce our consumption of sugar. His new programme Sugar Rush puts forward a powerful argument that inaction and voluntary approaches are unacceptable, and that more radical approaches are needed.
Children's Food Campaign hail progress towards their calls for a UK-wide duty on sugary drinks in support of a Children's Heatlh Fund.
In a UK first, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group will impose its very own 'child health levy’ on any soft drink with added sugar in all its UK restaurants from September this year with the much needed money raised going directly to fund food education for children and health initiatives
Scottish doctors have called for a tax on sugary drinks to tackle Scotland’s spiralling obesity crisis, at today's Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh special conference on obesity.
Today the Herald Scotland newspaper has declared that a sugary drinks duty is "a tax worth investigating in the fight against obesity".
The East Midlands could save £25million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
The East of England could save £31million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
West Midlands could save £34million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
Yorkshire and Humber could save nearly £33 million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
A sugary drinks duty could save the South West of England NHS and public health budgets over £30 million
A sugary drinks duty could save the South East of England NHS and public health budgets over £47 million
North East England could save £17 million from regional NHS budget if a sugary drinks duty was introduced
Children’s Food Campaign has today published a tool that allows people to view the impact a sugary drinks duty could have in their local area.
London has dodged a sugary bullet. Coca Cola will not be adding sponsorship of the "Boris Bikes" cycle hire scheme to their porfolio of branded tourist attractions and events in the capital, which includes the London Eye and activities in London's parks. Today Transport for London announced banking group Santander had pipped Coca Cola - the only other shortlisted bidder - to being chosen as the new named sponsor for what had been the Barclays cycle hire scheme. The few extra £ millions that Coca Cola would have put into cycling would have been small change compared to the cost of sugary drinks on London's NHS and on residents' lives.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published his response (pdf) to the London Health Commission's report 'Better Health for London'. He rules out "sin taxes" (as he calls a duty on sugary drinks or similar fiscal measures), though does say he "will continue to work with the boroughs to make the case for London taking greater control of its taxes including through the work of the London Finance Commission." See Sustain's work to improve access to healthy and sustainable food in London
GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) is a new hard-hitting public education campaign launched in the North-West to change consumer attitudes to, and purchasing of, sugary drinks. The campaign is run by Food Active and backed by the NW public health directors and local NHS. They have kicked off the campaign with some throught-provoking images, and with a regional roadshow during this half-term week. Some the media coverage (such as the Daily Mail) has also featured the calls for a sugary drinks duty and Children's Health Fund.
The Children's Food Campaign amass press coverage from handing out toothbrushes at the relaunch of the London Eye, now sponsored by Coca Cola, including: ITV | The Daily Mail | The Observer | Metro | The Independent | The Guardian | New Zealand Herald
Health campaigners to hand out 500 toothbrushes at their 'welcome party' for the Coca Cola London Eye
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