Mr Khan, said: “London’s air is a killer and is linked to asthma, strokes, heart disease and dementia. “I refuse to be a mayor who ignores this and I am determined to take effective action to reduce the harm it does to Londoners.” The T-Charge is the first of a series of new rates being introduced in London. It is due to be replaced by a stricter Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, although Mr Khan is consulting on bringing this forward to 2019. This will mean diesel cars registered before September 2015 and petrol cars registered before 2006 will face a #12.50 charge. The mayorRead More →

Sugar tax To help tackle obesity, the UK government is introducing a tax on high-sugar soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Irn-Bru in April 2018 – and Jamie Oliver had been vocal in his support of the plan. This study, in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, analysed sales of sugary non-alcoholic beverages at 37 of Jamie Oliver’s national chain of restaurants after a 10p levy was introduced in September 2015. Low-sugar fruit spritzers (fruit juice mixed with water) were also added to the menu, which clearly explained why the levy was being introduced. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Customers may haveRead More →

And 80% of the drinks stocked must have less than 5g of added sugar per 100ml. Hospital 'super-size&#39 chocolate ban Source: NHS England Reuters ‘Obesity epidemic’ In April, NHS England said it would ban sugary drinks if hospital outlets did not cut down on the number they sell. Simon Stevens said the NHS was “stepping up” to combat an issue that was causing “an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer”. “In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors.” NHS staff are also being targeted as part ofRead More →