Queen's speech reaffirms Governments commitment to sugar levy

18 May 2016        

Sugar

We welcome Her Majesty’s support of Government plans to tackle increasing obesity levels.

Today the Queen's Speech set out the government’s agenda for the coming session, including the sugary drinks levy which aims to help stem the nation’s obesity crisis.

The levy will be brought into effect in two years’ time and will be assessed on the volume of the sugar-sweetened drinks produced or imported by firms.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Nearly two thirds of adults and 30% of children in the UK are overweight or obese. Research shows that these huge swathes of the population are at increased risk of devastating illnesses like heart attack and stroke

"Sugary drinks account for 29% of total sugar intake for teenagers alone and by lowering sugar intake through a levy on sugary drink companies we will go one step towards helping to stem the nation’s obesity crisis.”