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Tax on sugary drinks could save NHS £15m a year, claims study

Child health campaigners calculate duty on sweetened drinks could save £300m over 20 years and reduce the number of cases of diabetes by 50,000.

The Children's Food Campaign, with the help of a Liverpool University academic, has produced a tool to calculate the potential savings to the health service in any area of the country. It is based on the assumption of a tax of 20p per litre on sugar-sweetened drinks such as colas and lemonades.

The Children's Food Campaign says the impact of a tax would be greatest in places such as Slough, Manchester, Luton, Blackburn, Leicester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Bradford and Nottingham, which have the largest populations of young people - the biggest consumers of sugary drinks. Birmingham, Leeds, Durham, Cornwall, Sheffield and Bradford would benefit most from the savings in health costs because of their large populations, it says.