Boris’s tax on sugar

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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