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The Sugar Summit (#SugarSummit) will be held on June 22nd 2017 in Committee Room 14, Palace of Westminster, at 3-6pm. Please register here.
A number of high profile retailers, charities and other stakeholders will come together to discuss ways of promoting the consumption of healthier food and drink at the Sugar Summit hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes. This follows an earlier summit at which the Sugarwise marque was first introduced in a parliamentary session.
More can be done to encourage greater uptake of healthy options beyond the government’s current obesity plan and sugar tax. This includes a lower VAT rate for healthier food and drink as per the #DontTaxHealthy campaign, and retailer support in promoting healthier options by increasing their availability, such as in new product introductions.
We are shifting the focus of the debate towards positive steps to be taken to highlight healthier alternatives to sugary treats to consumers. A constructive conversation is expected.
Chair: Rt Hon Keith Vaz – Member of Parliament
Panellists: Dr David Unwin, General Practitioner – Norwood Surgery | Lord Clive Brooke, Baron of Alverthorpe – House of Lords | Annie O’Leary, Editor in Chief – Netmums | Dr Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate – University of Cambridge | Rend Platings, Chief Executive – Sugarwise
IT SHOULD BE CHEAPER TO EAT HEALTHY
Why? We have a problem. It’s cheaper to buy food packed full of sugar than healthy food that’s not. Everyone loves their favourite sweet treats, so consumption of sugary food isn’t set to change any time soon. This is contributing to the obesity crisis in the UK, where according to National Statistics 58% of women and 68% of men are overweight or obese.
Yes, the sugar tax is a step forward. But instead of punishing sugar intake, it would be more effective to incentivise consumption of healthier food by making it cheaper for us all to buy.
We are petitioning the government to cut VAT to the reduced rate of 5% on all foods and drinks with a reduced / low / free from added sugar / sugar free / low or no calorie claim.
Reductions from the standard 20% rate are typically granted when there is a social benefit for doing so. Add your signature and help us to make change. Find out more on the official #DontTaxHealthy website.
Healthy food? It’s out of reach for most of us 6 February 2017 New Food Magazine
Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners 19 Jan 2017 BakeryAndSnacks.com
Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners 19 Jan 2017 FoodNavigator.com
Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners 19 Jan 2017 DolphnSix.com
Forget the Sugar Tax. New Research Shows That It Won’t Work 12 Jan 2017 Huffington Post
Food producers call for tax cuts on healthy food 13 Jan 2017 FoodManufacture.co.uk
Campaign calls for VAT drop for low sugar foods 13 Jan 2017 NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
A sugar tax ‘won’t solve the obesity crisis’. Here’s why 12 Jan 2017 The Independent
Forget the sugar tax, #DontTaxHealthy wants to incentivise healthy food by cutting VAT to 5 per cent 12 Jan 2017 08:05 City A.M.
Cardiologist: Laura Corr, Sugarwise: “step in right direction”
Action on Sugar: Jennifer Rosborough: “Certification definitely would be helpful”
Nutritionist: Nicole Berberian: “Without labelling we don’t know what’s been added”
BBC News 24
BBC News at 10
For more on Sugarwise, see our press coverage.
Rend talks to the BBC