Sheffield leisure centres become 1st in UK to bring in 'sugar tax'

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A health and wellbeing charity, which operates 11 sports and leisure venues in Sheffield, is set to become the first in the UK to add a 'sugar tax' to fizzy drinks.

Sheffield City Trust is adding a 20p charge to all drinks with added sugar sold at cafes and vending machines in its SIV leisure facilities.

SIV, part of the not-for-profit Sheffield City Trust, will reinvest the money in obesity and diabetes prevention programmes for young people, pledging a minimum of £25,000 to the initiative.

Ponds Forge in Sheffield one of the venues to introduce the tax on all drinks with added sugar Credit:

It runs venues including the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, iceSheffield, Beauchief Golf Course, Concord Sports Centre and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.

In May 2016, the chancellor George Osbourne announced a new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry aimed at high-sugar drinks.

The move was endorsed by the health community and the most high-profile supporter has been celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who has introduced a sugar levy in his restaurants.

Oliver said on social media: "We did it guys!" adding it was a "profound move that will ripple around the world".

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