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UK Sugar Tax Should Cover Confectionary, Campaigners Say

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London Monday, May 15, 2017

The next UK Government should impose a sugar levy on all confectionery products that contain high levels of sugar to tackle obesity and diabetes, campaigners have said.

Action on Sugar has called on lawmakers to extend the sugar levy already approved by HM Treasury for sugar-sweetened soft drinks to all confectionery, including those products sold in coffee shops and restaurants.

"The levy should be structured by the HM Treasury as per the soft drinks industry levy, whereby it is aimed at manufacturers to encourage them to reduce sugar in their overall product ranges," says Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Sugar. "Any revenue raised should go towards improving health in the UK."

The lobby group added that the soft drinks industry levy must be closely monitored to ensure compliance and should be gradually escalated.

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