Sugar tax and UK health
Across the 21st Century, Tory Governments have chosen not to vote for a sugar tax on sugary food and drinks, despite calls from medical experts.
Despite calls from UK medical & health experts, in order to tackle the waves of mounting diabetes, heart disease and obesity cases, consecutive UK Prime Ministers have chosen to ignore the claims, and in some areas, even evidence provided by pro-tax lobbyists.
Despite those Governments involved acknowledging that there is an obesity problem in the UK, especially having shown concern towards an epidemic of child obesity, sugary drinks and food continues to be cheaply sold and is very much the daily diet of many the UK public.
In 2018, the Scottish population were assessed to have the highest level of obesity in Europe.
In 2016, then P.M David Cameron dismissed the introduction of such a sugar tax, having threatened the food and drink industry of introducing such a tax, arguing that the tax would hurt poorer families the most.
The argument for a sugar tax was in-fact to protect the poorer families from relying mainly on this unhealthy lifestyle diet to tackle the very causes of bad health, including obesity.
However, in April 2018, the Government’s childhood obesity plans did see the introduction of a levy.
In July 2021, the P.M Boris Johnson stated to a further demand to tackle unhealthy diets in the UK, but in which salt was to be included in a tax, that he was “not attracted” to such a tax, and again cited the cost to poorer people.
Sugar Tax campaigners
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No Sugar tax interested parties?
It appears that some players in the food & sugar industry, are “sympathetic” to the Tory party.
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