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Costs of the sugar tax
The Treasury have been spending our money on setting up the sugar tax, and they won't tell us how much they've spent!
Since the sugar tax was announced in Parliament in March 2016, the Treasury will have spent considerable amounts of taxpayers' money on setting up the sugar tax. This will include legal costs, consultation costs, and the costs of drafting in staff from other Whitehall departments.
As well as the start up costs, there will also be the ongoing running costs of the sugar tax when it actually comes into effect next April.
We sent off a Freedom of Information request to the Treasury in September, asking what the start up costs are, and what the ongoing costs are likely to be. Their response? They told us they did not know what the costs were.
We will be pursuing this over the next few months, with an absolute determination for the public to be told about how much they are paying towards this regressive tax.