A sugar tax has been levied on makers of sugary soft drinks, and become widely known as the “sugar tax.”
The Government announced that it "is not prepared to look back at its time in parliament, doing this job and say to our children's generation, 'I'm sorry, we knew there was a problem with sugary drinks, and we knew it caused disease, but we dumped the difficult decisions and did nothing'."
The money raised by the new tax will be used to improve sports in schools. The tax will apply to all producers and importers of soft drinks that contain added sugar.
- In England, the money will be used to double the primary school and sports premium from £160m per year to £320m per year from September 2017. The government claimed this would enable primary schools to improve facilities and the "quality and breadth" of physical education.
- The money can also be used to establish or improve after-school clubs focusing on sport.
- Up to £285m a year will provide 25% of secondary schools "increased opportunity" to extend the school day. This extra time would let schools "offer a wider range of activities", including sports. The criteria for how schools get access to this funding has not been announced.
- A further £10m a year will be allocated to expand breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools from September 2017.