A can of cola could cost 8p more when the tax is introduced in 2018
How should Scotland spend its share of the sugar tax?
- Give it to the NHS
- Divvy it up between charities operating obesity projects
- Use it to pay for school sports
- Set up a fund to help community sports clubs flourish
- Other (comment below)
One of the most talked about announcements in chancellor George Osborne’s budget was the introduction of a tax on sugary soft-drink manufacturers. Known as the sugar tax, it is being introduced to help tackle childhood obesity and will increase the cost of your favourite fizzy soft drink by about 18p-24p per litre.
The tax will have two different bands, one for those drinks with more than 8g of sugar per 100ml and a lower band for those with between 5g and 8g per 100ml. It is estimated it will raise £520 million per year across the UK, with Osborne saying England and Wales’ share will be used to help pay for school sports.
Scotland, however, will get to decide what to do with its share of the cash, so this week we are asking you: How should Scotland spend its share of the sugar tax? Select your answer and don't forget to leave a comment below.