Boris’s tax on sugar
THE first ever sugar tax for a government building has been introduced at City Hall by Boris Johnson.
The London Mayor and Tory MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has introduced a 10p charge on all added-sugar soft drinks that are sold in the building’s cafe.
All money will go to the Children’s Health Fund in a bid to raise awareness about the amount of sugar Londoners are consuming.
Boris said: “Tackling obesity is one of the biggest health challenges of our generation and I hope this initiative will allow us to raise awareness of the problem and encourage people to think about their diets.”
The City Hall café now joins 130 others places across the UK, including all Jamie Oliver restaurants, Leon, Abokado and Tortilla who have already introduced a levy on added-sugar drinks.
According to Public Health England, the average five-year-old consumes the equivalent of their body weight in sugar every year.
Obesity costs the NHS £5.1 billion per year and is projected to rise to £9.7 billion by 2050.