Signs are that the government is reconsidering its position on an added sugar tax. The idea is a tax on sugary drinks and other high-sugar convenience foods would reduce consumption and so benefit public health. The contrary argument is it could have little impact and be regressive, hitting the poor hardest. Nor is it clear any of the money would really go towards better public health. But the success of the 5p plastic bag tax could tempt the government to impose a new tax and spin it as being for health reasons.
Tax Barrister, Accountant