George Osborne, the former foreign minister, brought in 20 percent tax on sugary drinks in an attempt to prevent millions of people become obese.
experts and charities such as the Cancer Research UK organizations believe that the tax would also save the NHS £ 10 a year by 2025.
However, campaign group is supported by a coalition of British companies have said they want to focus on ‘solutions to address obesity proven. “
the group is warning the tax will do nothing to combat obesity and the risks that cause thousands of job losses and higher for those who can least afford prices.
A report by Oxford Economics has predicted that the calorie intake is reduced by only five calories per person per day as a result of the contribution, equivalent to a little more than a block.
it is said that between 2004 and 2014, sales of ‘sugar full’ soft drinks fell 44 percent, and now account for less than three percent of the calories in the diet, however, obesity increased by about 4 percent. this period
However, new research thinking future shows that nearly half – 48 percent – of consumers agree to tax sugar and many want more products to be added to the list of taxable items.
Forty percent of the 2,000 people asked, that tax sugar should also be added to chocolate and sweets, 34 percent want to add to cakes, 32 percent said they should be added to cereals sugary breakfast and 27 percent support to be added to cookies.
The findings come from future study grocery Thinking eye, which interviewed more than 2,000 people.
Claudia Strauss, UK managing director of Future Thought, said: “Despite widespread concern about the industry-leading food and beverage, data show that the tax sugar is very popular consumers.
“Our research has found that people are not only according to tax sugar, but many believe it is not going far enough.
“40 percent of people believe that the Tax sugar should include chocolate and sugar and soft drinks.
” The overwhelming support for shows sugar tax that most consumers are concerned about the amount of sugar in food and the obesity crisis in general.
“Industry leaders have a responsibility to listen to the concerns of their customers and ensure that their products are healthy and contain too much sugar.”
However, Gavin Partington, Director General of the British Association refreshments are providing funds for the campaign, said that although the group agrees that action on obesity is needed, a burden for businesses and consumers with a “ineffective tax is not the answer.”
“We know from the evidence around the world that have tried a tax that will not make a difference to obesity,” he said.
“What it will do, as this report shows, is the damage to thousands of companies throughout the chain of soda supply from farmers, manufacturers, convenience stores and trade pub and restaurant. ”