Fresh hiccup for sugar tax on drinks

Fresh hiccup for sugar tax on drinks
Sugar tax awaits EU approval. Pic: Getty

The introduction of the tax will be delayed until May 1 due to the continuing process of seeking approval from the European Commission for the measure

The Department of Finance has announced that the introduction of the planned sugar tax on drinks will be delayed until May 1.

The tax, which had been due to come into effect on April 6, is aimed at tackling growing levels of obesity, particularly among children, by limiting the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. It will raise the prices of many well-known soft drinks by between 10 per cent and 30 per cent.

The delay is due to the continuing...

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