The BBC is reporting that the levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England’s schools.
The idea was to tackle childhood obesity by applying a levy that increased according to the amount of sugar in drinks – with the money being spent on improving health in schools.
The levy provides capital funding to support facilities for sports, after-school activities and to encourage healthy eating – but it will not pay for PE teachers or other staff.
“Schools can really help our children get a healthy start in life from exercise and sport, and also from knowing what a healthy diet means,” said Ms Greening.
“It’s not only good for them while they’re in education, but the health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime.”
But Gavin Partington, director general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said it was “odd to hinge this investment on a punitive tax against the soft drinks sector which has led the way in helping consumers reduce sugar intake – down nearly 18% since 2012”.
“There is no evidence from around the world that a tax of this sort has reduced levels of obesity,” said Mr Partington.
Personally I think educating parents on the importance of healthy eating and exercise would be more beneficial. You can educate children, but if there is only junk food available to them at home how much difference will it really make to obesity levels? Perhaps the funds would be more effective if used to subsidise the cost of fruit and veg. ~ Sophie
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