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Leanne Wood said that while they were still awaiting the detail of the levy, it was a good measure

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood took the opportunity for a photo with fellow sugar tax advocate Jamie Oliver at Westminster today. Credit: ITV News

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has welcomed today's budget announcement of a tax on sugary drinks.

The party has previously proposed a 20p per litre levy on sugary drinks, which it says would help 20,000 people in Wales lose weight. The sugar tax announced in George Osborne's budget differs in that the levy would be imposed on drinks manufacturers to ensure they reduce the amount of sugar in drinks.

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Leanne Wood says they're still waiting to see the detail and what it would mean in terms of income for Wales, but it was a good measure.

The Welsh Government also welcomed the sugar tax announcement saying it was something that had to be brought in at a UK level.

I think this is very welcome and it shows that actually there's very strong support in taking action in terms of the health of our children and young people. It will have to be for our future government and the National Assembly and public opinion about how we would spend that money, but think it would have to be spent on children and young people who are more harmed than most by these sugary drinks. This is about tackling something that has been resisted hugely by food producers in terms of sugar, but it could actually be re-invested in our communities for young people to great benefit.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

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