Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pizza takeaways could be hit by new Fat Tax

February 2, 2011 by Tony  
Filed under All News, General News

Takeaways pizzas and other fast food outlets could be hit by a new fat tax to help beat the rising levels of obesity in the UK.

Fish and chips shops, kebab houses, pizza takeaways and even high street chains such as Domino’s Pizza, McDonalds and KFC would all be affected by the new tax if government proposals are given the green light.

The levy of £1,000 would have to be paid by every fast food outlet before they’d be allowed to operate. The money raised from the new tax on fast food outlets would be channelled into programmes to promote healthy food habits amongst youngsters.

The scheme will be trialled in Oldham as obesity levels amongst children in the town were found to be above the national average with one in every four children in Oldham classed as obese. Councils across the UK are will monitor the scheme in Oldham with a view to drawing up their own obesity fighting strategies.

However the new tax could prove disastrous for some small businesses who are already struggling to stay afloat in the difficult economic climate. But health bosses argue that the high number of takeaway outlets throughout the country could partly be to blame for the rising levels of obesity and the poor diets of Brits.

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