Sugar tax UK

(Vincent Hall) #1

Is this the start of the revolution fellow sugar free keto’rs?
There will be two bands. Drinks with a total sugar content above 5g per 100ml will be taxed at 18p per litre, while even more sugary drinks with more than 8g of sugar content per 100ml will be taxed at 24p per litre.
Now, if we could just get a discount on butter, cream & fatty meats…

(Give me bacon, or give me death.) #2

Talk to your MP! You never know . . . .

(Rob Southall) #3

Mark my words as soon as they have taxed the sugar to the hills they will start looking at other things to tax,

way to easy taxing sugar will not stop people drinking pop. they should of put pressure on these big companies to lower or use substitutes,

(Bunny) #4

Total Awesomeness!

(Sophie) #5

I heard that Coke Co. lowered their sugar content to just under the taxable level within a few Months! Here in the States they’d have been given 5yrs to respond!

(Vincent Hall) #6

Apparently Coca Cola realise that if you’re addicted to sugar you’ll pay the extra. They are not changing sugar content however,



Just listened to Dr Aseem Malhotra speaking on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show re the new sugar tax in the UK. He went on to say people should “cut out processed foods” and advised people to eat saturated fats. Really great interview and hope that the general population will take note!! :smile: I’ll post a link once its available…

(Vincent Hall) #8

Arrg! I was lined up to listen to that while on my 5 mile walk I was about to do. Decided to have some sardines in Olive oil and BP coffee before I went, I wonder if I can back track and listen otherwise I’ll listen to your link later. Thanks.



Here’s the link to the programme. The discussion with Aseem Malhotra is the first 30 minutes of the programme so you don’t have to listen to all 2 hours

Great to have this on the BBC …

(Dan Dan) #10

Not a shocker Out of Control Government punishing everyone for the sins of some :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

and the Gullible Holier than Thou fall for it every time :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::rofl:

(Banting & Yudkin & Atkins & Eadeses & Cordain & Taubes & Volek & Naiman & Bikman ) #11

They passed a soda tax here in Cook County (the larger Chicago Metropolitan area). It was implemented in a massively stupid way, and it was revoked within a year, with a lot of genuine complaints from citizens, but a non-insubstantial astroturfing operation from Big Soda.

This version seems a lot more logical. We paid per ounce of container, didn’t pay on beverages with milk, did pay on artificial sweeteners. So, chocolate milk: untaxed, Diet Coke: taxed.

Everywhere they’ve put in a sugary beverage tax locally in the states, it’s lowered consumption among the lower tiers of the economic spectrum, while those with more resources have gone over county lines to buy their pop.

Much better version if the UK can pass it as a whole.

(Allie) #12

I think people will just pay the increased amount and spend even less on real food.

(Dan Dan) #13

Because taxes solve everything says the fool :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Vincent Hall) #14

Thanks for the R2 link.

I wonder what the revenue earned will go to, just into normal coffers I imagine.

(Give me bacon, or give me death.) #15

It may not stop them drinking sugary drinks, but at least the government will be able to properly fund the NHS to pay for their healthcare!

(Give me bacon, or give me death.) #16

Cheap sugary drinks are what in U.S. conservative circles is known as a “moral hazard.” In other words, the consequences of the behavior are not felt by the person engaging in it and have to be paid for by the rest of society. The tax in this case is just an attempt to put market forces to work. In my book, the real infringement on liberties would be to remove such drinks from the market altogether. This way, people who want to damage themselves and are willing to pay the cost are free to do so. I doubt the extra tax revenue is enough to completely offset the cost to society, but it’s a start.

(Rob) #17

It does work, all around the world (US, Mexico, Europe) and there are almost always a ‘diet’ substitute version of most sugar drinks. Every little helps.


I’ve been ambivalent toward the idea of a sugar tax since I don’t eat any, but I should have known it’s just the beginning.

I repent. No sugar tax!


Funding your socialized medicine from sugar related illness? Is that why you pay 80% tax on cigarettes too? People dying of lung cancer pay for their care with every cigarette they smoke?


Responsible people paying for their health insurance aren’t a burden to anyone, and can eat what they like. In Socialist countries like the UK they have to do it, or those who don’t work get everything for nothing!