Protect children, save lives, save taxpayers’ money.
Reducing the added sugar in soft drinks is a public health and taxpayer priority.
A sugary drinks tax is a tried, tested, fair and popular measure.
Tax the can
We support the Soft Drinks Industry Levy – a key plank of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.
Big food, drink and tobacco companies are fighting tooth and nail to block this sugary drinks tax from being introduced.
£1billion in new investment in primary school sports, breakfast clubs and secondary school after-school activities is potentially at risk if the Levy doesn’t go ahead.
It’s our children’s health, NHS resources and taxpayers’ money that is at stake.
Whose side are you on?
A sugary drinks tax is a popular measure
Who SUPPORTS a sugary drinks tax:
- Doctors, nurses, dentists, dietitians, surgeons, and other health professionals.
- Public Health England (the Government’s own scientific advisors) and politicians from across the political spectrum.
- The Treasury and the Government – it’s now Government policy!
- Parents’ groups, teachers, trade unions, major children’s and health charities.
- Majority support amongst the wider public – 69% in favour, according to a poll in March 2016. Other opinion polls also consistently show a majority in favour.
- More than 155,000 people supported a petition to introduce a sugary drinks tax.
Who is AGAINST a sugary drinks tax:
- Big Soda – Coca Cola, PepsiCo, British Soft Drinks Association
- Big Food – Nestle, Mondelez (Cadbury), Food and Drink Federation
- Big Tobacco – British American Tobacco
- Lobbyists for the tobacco industry – Institute of Economic Affairs, Forest
- Lobbyists with non-transparent funding – TaxPayers Alliance, People Against Sugar Tax.
- Obesity-deniers and anti-science ideologues and Twitter trolls.