In the United Kingdom started to operate the tax on sugar

Posted April 08, 2018

While the tax was to be introduced here as well today, its introduction in Ireland has been pushed back to May 1 to ensure the levy does not infringe European Union state aid law.

Whether or not the levy is passed on to consumers is up to manufacturers, but it is believed everybody will pay more.

Backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has previously hit out at his own party's initiative to introduce the levy, saying the tax system is "not there to tell us how to live our lives".

Labor's position is similar, while the Greens have endorsed a 20 percent increase on sugar-sweetened drinks as part of a broader obesity prevention strategy.

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The price of some soft drinks will rise today as the Government's long-awaited sugar tax is implemented.

Scotland's iconic drink announced a change in recipe previous year in response to the sugar tax.

This equates to additional £0.18 per litre for drinks with 5g or more of sugar per 100ml, while drinks with more than 8g per 100ml will face a tax rate of £0.24 per litre. The revenue generated will be put into the Primary Sports Premium, the creation of a Healthy Pupils Capital Fund to help schools upgrade their sports facilities, and give children access to top quality PE equipment.

Fruit juices will not be taxed as they don't contain added sugar, and neither will drinks with a high milk content.

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Clark wants the government to introduce further measures, including reducing sugar, salt, and fat levels in everyday foods, ending price promotions for unhealthy food and drink, and restricting junk food ads on TV before 9pm.

But, if they grow so much that they exceed the 1 million litre threshold, they will have to register for the tax within 30 days of the month's end.

When the sugar tax was first announced in 2016 the Treasury forecast it would raise more than £500m a year, but it now estimates it will generate £240m, as some manufacturers have reduced their drink's sugar content.

The levy will also give a funding boost for healthy school breakfast clubs.

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In Ireland it has been estimated that the tax could bring in €30m in 2018 and €40m over the course of a full year.

The sugar tax has added 10p to a typical 330ml can of Coke or Pepsi.

The introduction of the levy means the United Kingdom joins a few countries, including Mexico, France and Norway, have introduced similar taxes. The tax is expected to act on several fronts.

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