Sugar tax ‘unlikely’ to be included in delayed childhood obesity strategy


The UK Government has said it is unlikely to introduce a sugar tax. Such a move, which has been proposed and pushed by the healthy lobby, would have seen increases in the prices of certain soft drinks and confectionery products.

However, the Government has delayed publication of its childhood obesity strategy, with summer publication now likely, and it has now been revealed that this strategy is unlikely to include a sugar tax.

The Guardian has reported that a Department of Health spokesperson said it was a complex issue and maintained a lot of work was going into getting the strategy right, with David Cameron demanding a “game changing moment.”

“As far as I’m aware [a sugar tax] is not in there,” the spokesperson is reported to have said. “We as a government are committed to keeping taxes low and not introducing new taxes. I don’t think it will be in there.”