As of April 2018, a sugar tax was enforced on all sugary drinks in the UK in an attempt to curb the ever-growing concern of the Nation's obesity epidemic.
How will it work?
There are 2 taxation categories: one that effects drinks containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml, and a higher tax for sugary drinks with 8g or more per 100ml. The Office for Budgetary Responsibility stated the drinks will be levied at 18p and 24p per litre. The money raised is intended to be spent on increasing funding for sport in primary schools - an estimated £520 million.
What products are targeted?
The increase has been imposed on some of the most infamous high-sugar drinks including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Irn Bru and Lucozade, where drinks like Dr Pepper, Fanta and Sprite fall into the lower rate band. The tax excludes milk-based drinks and pure fruit juices, but there have been movements pushing for the inclusion of sugar-laden milkshakes. The tax is calculated according to the quantity of sugary drink the company produces or imports. The new tax law will see the price of a can of household favourite Coca-Cola increase by 8p and a 1.75ml bottle increase to £1.49 from £1.25.