Consultation outcome

Soft Drinks Industry Levy

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This document summarises responses to the consultation over summer 2016 on introducing a levy on sugar sweetened beverages and provides a summary of the government response and the proposed next steps in this process.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


A consultation on a new UK-wide Soft Drinks Industry Levy that will apply to the production and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar.


Consultation description

The government announced at Budget 2016 that it would introduce a new Soft Drinks Industry Levy from April 2018. This consultation sets out proposals for how the levy will be designed and implemented. We are now asking for your views on the impact of these proposals to help determine the final shape of the levy.

Individuals or organisations interested in the policy scope and public health objectives of the levy should read and comment on chapters 2 and 3. Individuals and organisations that may be directly affected by the levy or have a particular interest in the soft drinks industry should also pay attention to chapters 4 to 8 of the consultation.

Further information

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy is a key part of the government’s childhood obesity strategy. To find out more, here are 12 things you should know about it.