Sugar tax set to be introduced in budget due to obesity concerns

Minister likely to delay levy until 2018 but soft drinks industry opposed to ‘regressive’ move

Britain will introduce a dual-band sugar tax in 2018. Several countries have already introduced such a tax with varied policies, but there is no robust evidence to show what effects these policies have on consumption and health.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to announce a sugar tax in next month’s budget but may delay the implementation of the levy for a year until 2018.

Senior sources in Government have said they expect Mr Noonan will make good on the commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce a new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

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