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The Treasury announces rate for Soft Drink Industry Levy (sugar tax)


Earlier today, the UK government Treasury announced how much the soft drinks industry will be charged from April 2018 if sugar is not reduced in soft drinks.

Making the Soft Drinks Industry Levy a reality will help reduce the nation’s sugar intake, and a number of companies in the UK have already announced intentions to reduce sugar in their products.

Maintaining a healthy balanced diet can also help those living with diabetes manage their condition better and avoid devastating consequences including amputations, blindness, or even an early death.

Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, Chris Askew, said: “We’re all eating too much sugar, and this can lead to obesity which is a major risk factor in developing Type 2 diabetes. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy as an important measure to help reduce the nation’s sugar consumption.

“We will continue to work with, and encourage manufacturers to ensure people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, who may use high sugar products to treat low blood glucose, are kept in the loop of any changes to these goods. However, we urge people to read labels carefully before using any products to treat a hypo.”

The Levy now needs to be agreed by Parliament as part of the Finance Bill, which we hope will happen by July 2017.

We want more manufacturers to get involved in the sugar reduction programme with Public Health England. This will help create a healthier environment for everyone and reduce the risks of developing preventable health complications.

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