The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) came into effect today (6 April 2018). Under the SDIL, sometimes referred to as the ‘Sugar Tax’, companies must pay taxes on soft drinks that are particularly high in sugar. Manufacturers must pay 18p per litre of drink containing 5-8 grams of sugar per 100ml, and 24p per litre of drink containing 8 grams or more of sugar per 100ml.
Since the levy was announced in March 2016, half of manufacturers have reduced the sugar content in the drinks they make. The levy is expected to raise £240 million each year, and will go towards schools to spend on sports activities and improving access to facilities for physical activity and healthy eating.
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