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Soft Drinks Industry Levy

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Last week, I spoke at a delegated legislation committee about the Soft Drinks Industry Levy - often referred to as the 'sugar tax'.

"Ultimately this tax may make a dent or two in reducing childhood obesity but we know on its own this tax will fail in that role.

The coming health consequences of obesity will be like a tsunami. This measure on its own is like putting a couple of extra life jackets on the Titanic. For it to have any meaning it must be part of a wider stategy. Yet we know the Government is planning to cut real terms spending on public health by 4% a year from now until 2020.

The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health reported last week that most local authorities are cutting spending dedicated to promoting physical activity in children. They also criticised the Government for its failure to establish an overarching child health strategy."

Watch my full contribution HERE.

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