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Childhood Obesity Plan

22 August 2016

Childhood Obesity Plan

Last October PHE published Sugar Reduction: the evidence into action which outlined evidence on the range of actions necessary to tackle the sugar in our diet to have the biggest impact and contribute to reducing obesity. The number one recommendation from PHE to the government was to reformulate food, to take sugar out at source, to make it easier for parents in making food choices. This is centre stage in the plan, as is the iconic sugar tax.  While the plan does not include all the recommendations, it is a positive step on the long road to tackling childhood obesity – one of the most important issues for the future of our children. 

A public consultation was launched on 18th August relating to a new UK-wide soft drinks industry levy that will apply to the production and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar. The soft drinks industry levy is a key part of the governments childhood obesity strategy.

Link to consultation document  

This consultation sets out proposals for how the levy will be designed and implemented. They are now asking for your views on the impact of these proposals to help determine the final design of the levy.

Timescales:

  • The consultation period is 8 weeks and closes on 13th October 2016

Contacts:

Email:                   indirecttax.projectteam@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Written:             

Lorna Horton

                                HM Revenue & Customs

                                Indirect Tax Project Team, Room 3/35

                                100 Parliament Street

                                London

                                SW1A 2BQ