The Government has quietly abandoned a promise to spend millions of pounds in revenue from the sugar tax on fighting childhood obesity.
When the levy on soft drinks was introduced, ministers promised to spend “every penny” on children’s health and wellbeing programmes.
However, the cash has been diverted from specific projects or departments into the Treasury coffers.
Campaigners have accused officials of “breaking promises” and urged them to rethink the decision when young people “desperately” needed help.
Govt is doing this the right way of course. Revenue goes into the one pot and is allocated from it. Tax where you can, spend where you need.
If you don’t do this then you end up with situations like California. With vast bureaucracies doing not very much except hang off the teat of dedicated revenue streams. Which is what the campaigners here wanted but didn’t get. Har Har.