'Nanny state full of PC snowflakes' - Sugar tax sparks anger

'Nanny state full of PC snowflakes' - Sugar tax sparks anger

A tax on sugar has been introduced

Friday, April 6, 2018

A sugar tax has been introduced in the UK today (April 6) and it seems many have been angered by the move.

The new legislation means manufacturers must pay a levy on drinks they sell with a high sugar content, but may choose whether to increase prices for consumers to cover the cost.

Drinks which have more than 8g of sugar per 100ml are to be taxed with a rate equivalent to 24p for each litre, the BBC reported.

But drinks which have between 5g and 8g of sugar per 100ml are to be taxed with a rate equivalent to 18p per litre.

Ahead of the introduction of the tax some manufacturers lowered sugar content in their drinks, but this has led to the introduction of artificial sweeteners in some cases.

Funds raised by the tax in England are to be put into sports and breakfast clubs at schools.

But it seems this has caused outrage for some, who believe the tax is an example of the UK being a "nanny state", while others have raised concerns about consuming artificial sweeteners.

It's also argued that the sugar tax fails to address the obesity crisis and the government should subsidise the cost of healthy food or improve health education.

Take a look at the reaction below