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UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

UK Government Scraps The Paper Car Tax Disc After More Than 90 Years

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 Budget and the system of excise duty applying specifically to motor vehicles was introduced with the Roads Act 1920, with the tax disc appearing the following year.

Almost a century after its introduction, in 1921, the UK government is set to scrap the paper car disc and go all in with its electronic register.

Its death was confirmed by the UK Treasury ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement later today, meaning motorists will no longer need fix a disc in their car window to prove they’ve taxed their car.

“This is a visual symbol of how we are moving government into the modern age,” says the UK government, which also announced that vehicle owners can pay for their duty by monthly direct debit, which will add 5 percent to the total cost.

From October 2014, authorities will identify whether tax has been paid through a car’s license plate, allowing it to recoup £7 million in admin costs and save UK drivers the hassle of waiting for that little paper disc to come through the post.

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Call For Soft Drink Sugar Tax In Budget

Call For Soft Drink Sugar Tax In Budget

  • Posted: Jan 28, 2013
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It has been announced today that the government will increase taxes on alcoholic beverages.

Medical professionals are calling for a 20p-per-litre tax on soft drinks to be included in this year’s Budget.

Lots of organisations are backing the changes by the Government to increase the tax on sugary drinks by 20p to help cut down on our obesity in the UK.

Many organisations, which include the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity Sustain.

They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in schools to improve children’s health.

The soft drinks industry says raising taxation is unnecessary.

The British Soft Drink Association (BSDA) says companies are already playing their part in the fight against obesity.

The BSDA’s director general Gavin Partington said 61% of soft drinks “now contain no added sugar and we have seen soft drinks companies lead the way in committing to further, voluntary action as part of the government’s Responsibility Deal calorie-reduction pledge.”

He said 10p from every 60p can of drink already goes to the government in tax.

“Putting up taxes even further will put pressure on people’s purses at a time when they can ill afford it,” he said.

It says the UK consumes more than 5,727 million litres of sugary soft drinks a year. Adding a 20p tax for every litre sold would raise more than £1.1bn.

Mike Rayner, of the department of public health at Oxford University and chairman of Sustain, said: “Just as we use fiscal measures to discourage drinking and smoking and help prevent people from dying early, there is now lots of evidence that the same approach would work for food”.

“This modest proposal goes some way towards making the price of food reflect its true costs to society. Our obesity epidemic causes debilitating illness, life threatening diseases and misery for millions of people. It is high time government did something effective about this problem.”

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “Our primary responsibility is to help the nation to be healthier.

“We keep all international evidence under review. But we believe the voluntary action we have put in place is delivering results.”

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham disagrees and says it is clear that a voluntary approach is not working.

He said: “Labour is consulting on whether new limits on sugar, salt and fat content in food aimed at children would be a better way forward. This would help parents protect their children from foods which contain excessive levels of sugar, salt and fat in a way that a tax wouldn’t.”

Over the past 10 years, the consumption of soft drinks containing added sugar has fallen by 9% while the incidence of obesity has increased by 15%.

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