Voice of Lincoln: Is the Sugar Tax a good idea?

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If you bought a bottle of Coca Cola this lunchtime you might have noticed prices have gone up. That’s because the government’s new sugar tax came into force.

The tax means that your favourite sugary drinks will increase in price, with the extra money helping to fund sports and physical education within schools.

Manafacturers of soft drinks containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml will pay a levy of 18p a litre, whereas drinks containing more than 8g of sugar per 100ml will pay 24p per litre. These costs will be passed down to retailers and their customers.

This means that the price of a 2 litre bottle of Coca Cola original will increase by 48p.

The Lincolnite asked people in Lincoln city centre if they thought the increased tax was a good idea.

Some thought the penalty would be worth it if it helped reduce cases of diabetes, others said the tax would only “target the poor”.

Do you support the move? Let us know in the comments below.