Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sugar tax - why? will it work? Get some academic facts

Last week the budget mentioned a policy to introduce a new soft drinks industry levy to help tackle childhood obesity.

Here are some resources.

In November 2015 the House of Commons Library published a report on a parliamentary debate about a tax on sugary drinks . This provides background on recent medical and parliamentary activity.

Reports recommending a sugar levy/ tax

Also published in November 2015 Commons Health Committee report on childhood obesity.

Public Health England October 2015 - Sugar reduction - the evidence for action. Government public health campaign with smart sugar app

BMA Food for thought recommended 20% levy on sugary drinks.

Cornelsen, L., Carreido, A Health related taxes on food

and beverages. 5thMay 2015. Food Research Collaboration Policy Brief/ Considers evidence and possible impact

Economic and health impact modelling

Exploring the Acceptability of a Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages- Liverpool John Moores brief evidence review 2013
The Incidence of Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: The Case of Berkeley, California NBER 2015

Medical reports on Sugar consumption

WHO guidelines and reports on sugar consumption worldwide.

World Cancer Research Fund curbing sugar consumption report.

Responses to the Budget

NATCEN insight into budget 
Sugar taxes a briefing IEA 
New Economics Foundation - Sugar tax Surprise.
Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver - campaigns.and reponse to tax
Action on Sugar charity has resource guides and campaign news on reducing sugar
British Soft Drinks Federation response. Calorie reduction pledge from the industry
Food and Drink Federation response

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