General Election

Greens call for £6.7bn ‘unhealthy food tax’

By James Wallin

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The Green Party is also in favour of a VAT cut for hospitality to 5%
The Green Party is also in favour of a VAT cut for hospitality to 5%

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The Green Party has pledged to introduce an ‘unhealthy food tax’ as part of its general election manifesto, which it expects would raise £6.7bn a year.

The party also pledged to increase alcohol duty to allow extra investment in the NHS, introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p and increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020 and to £8.10 an hour this year. It added that it would ban "exploitative" zero-hour contracts.

The party has also said it is in favour of a VAT cut for hospitality to 5%.

Regarding training and skills, it said it would provide an apprenticeship to all qualified people aged 16-19 who do not have one and want one, and extend it to age 25, and increase funding for apprenticeships by 30%. It said it wanted to “reverse the trend whereby 45% of apprenticeships are now taken by people over 25”.

It also promised to make it easier for small businesses to employ people and contribute towards paying the living wage by using receipts from a wealth tax to reduce employers’ national insurance in the longer run to 8%.

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