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Fizzy drinks tax 'to cut obesity'

Health experts have called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks, which they claim would reduce the number of overweight or obese people in the UK by 285,000 over the next decade.

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Soft drinks tax 'could earn Treasury £275m'

Health experts who have called for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks say the move could raise more than £275 million each year for the treasury - around 8 pence per person, per week.

This saving "could be used to increase NHS funding during a period of budget restrictions or to subsidise foods with health benefits, such as fruit and vegetables," researchers from Oxford and Reading universities said.

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