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Sugar tax criticised for potential impact on the poor

1st June 2016

The government has come under criticism from the TaxPayers' Alliance for the potential financial impact of its sugar tax plans.

The pressure group has described the implementation of the tax as "entirely arbitrary", saying it is not being applied in a way that consistently taxes the most sugary and unhealthy products.

It conducted a review of 49 drinks in three different groups – regular fizzy drinks and sports and energy drinks; milk-based products; and coffees. The organisation noted that only the first of these groups will be taxed.

The report noted that none of the ten most sugary products analysed will be subject to the sugar tax, with many high-sugar drinks such as chocolate milk and Starbucks coffees all exempted.

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The evidence shows that the sugar tax has nothing to do with the sugar content of products, so it is farcical to suggest that this will have any positive impact on people's diet or lifestyle choices."

By contrast, a prior study from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum indicated that a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity rates in the UK by five per cent by 2025.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819587-ADNFCR

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