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Government publishes sugar tax plans

The UK has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018, despite opposition from some of its own MPs.

There will be two new tax bands – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml.

The sugar tax is seen as the one way to tackle the nation’s obesity problem, but manufacturers say they have already taken huge steps in cutting sugar in food and drink.

The government has said it expects the levy to raise £520m in the first year and add around 20p to the price of a litre of fizzy drink.

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