Liz Truss ‘plans to scrap sugar tax’ on soft drinks

The UK public is consuming less sugar following the introduction of a sugar tax on soft drinks

Prime Minister Liz Truss is planning to scrap the sugar tax and ditch anti-obesity measures, according to reports. 

Truss is considering the reversal of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy – also known as the sugar tax – which was implemented in 2018 to tackle childhood obesity.

According to The Times, the Prime Minister is looking to scrap a number of measures in a bid to ease the cost of living crisis.

In August, Truss said she would put a stop to upcoming restrictions on multi-buy deals on food and drink high in fat, salt, or sugar. She added that she would also not impose any new taxes on unhealthy food.

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Energy crisis

This comes as the government set out how it will help households and businesses in the face of rising energy prices.

Truss insisted that the typical household will pay no more than £2,500 a year for the next two years under her new Energy Price Guarantee (EPG).

This is in addition to the £400 Energy Bill Support Scheme that was announced earlier this year.

But she made it clear that support will be extended to businesses and charities by ‘offering an equivalent guarantee for six months’. Following this, there will be ongoing support ‘particularly for vulnerable industries’.

She will also conduct two reviews to improve long-term energy security. This includes a review of how the government can reach net zero ‘in a way that is pro-business and pro-growth’.

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