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Councils want ‘fat tax’ to pay for effects of obesity

Obesity costs the country £5bn a year and the problem is set to double in the next 40 years, according to a report from the Local Government Association.

It warns that councils do not have enough money in their public health budgets to properly tackle obesity once mandatory services such as sexual health and drug and alcohol services have been paid for. The report calls for a fifth of existing VAT raised on sweets, crisps, takeaway food and sugary drinks to go to boost council-run leisure activities and health awareness campaigns.