The Sugar-Sweetened Drink Tax that was due to commence April 06, 2018 in Ireland has been delayed until May 01, 2018 to ensure the tax does not infringe EU State aid law. For a full statement by the Department of Finance, click here.
The Soft Drinks Industry Levy in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will commence as planned on April 06, 2018.
The Healthy Ireland 2017 Survey found that almost 1 in 6 people (16%) drink sugar sweetened drinks on a daily basis, with 38% doing so at least once a week.
In 2016 at the IPH annual all-island conference, members of the IPH policy team presented analysis of sugar sweetened drinks and obesity patterns across the island of Ireland. The presentation highlighted trends across different demographics such as 1/3 of 11-16 year olds in Northern Ireland drink SSD’s at least once a day.
IPH completed a Health Impact Assessment on a proposed SSD tax in 2012. IPH also submitted responses to consultations on the introduction of such a tax in Ireland and in the UK. Click here to read a blog post by IPH, ‘Sugar sweetened drinks, taxation and public health’.