Liz Truss is reportedly preparing to scrap the sugar tax on soft drinks in a bid to ease the ongoing cost of living crisis.
A ban on ‘buy one, get one free’ promotions on unhealthy food is also unlikely to go ahead, with next month’s ban on sweets and chocolates on display at checkouts also in doubt.
According to The Times, chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has ordered health officials to review obesity measures ‘in the context of the cost of living’, a move that government sources believe precipitates the removal of the tax.
Policies that ‘have a direct impact on the cost of living’ are being targeted by the review and a statement about ending the sugar tax in next week’s tax-cutting fiscal event has not been ruled out.
Truss had previously backed the idea of scrapping the sugar tax, saying ‘taxes on treats hit those on the lowest incomes.”
Thérèse Coffey, the health secretary and deputy prime minister, is reportedly ‘on board’ with the tax ban as she focuses on measures to avert a winter NHS crisis.
However, Truss doesn’t have the support of the full party, with one senior Conservative source saying: “I’m not sure this will survive contact with reality because it is politically toxic. It’s a piece of culture war rather than a piece of health policy.”
Officials in a public health team led by Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, are also said to be ‘appalled’ by the plan.
Professor Graham MacGregor from the campaign group Action on Sugar said of the proposed plan: “Scrapping the government’s evidence-based obesity strategy would be disastrous to both public health and also to the many food businesses which have spent years and vast amounts of money preparing for this change in policy.”
However, John O’Connell, the chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, supported Truss’s plan to scrap the tax, saying: “Plans to end ‘buy one, get one free’ were only going to pile pressure on hard-hit households during a cost of living crisis.
“The government cannot expect taxpayers to further tighten their belts and Truss is right to row it back.”
Ian Brown fans ‘gutted’ after singer plays sold-out gig with no band and ‘butchers own tunes’
’50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar’
Ian Brown fans have been taking to social media to express their disappointment after the Stone Roses singer performed a sold-out gig without a band.
Brown kick-started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy last night, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th).
Despite the anticipation surrounding the tour, however, fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance last night thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as Brown ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’
Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.
“I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”
After his video went viral, Steven followed up his tweet by writing: “Feel a bit bad about this now, I was just so disappointed.
“We all know Ian can’t sing but there’s always a band to bring it together. Some onstage chemistry, the drummer’s energy, the guitarist’s musicianship. I think if there’s no band you should tell people up front.”
Other fans were quick to express their anger over the gig too, with another concert-goer writing: “50 quid to see Ian brown off his head doing karaoke like he’s in Neptune’s bar.”
Another commented: “Wow, that’s horrific. A massive Roses fan but think he needs to retire gracefully now like.”
However, some fans were quick to defend the singer’s performance, with one person writing: “Top night in Leeds thanks to Ian Brown. Ignore the twitter w*****s, I was there and I saw a sold out show full of people on their feet enjoying every minute.”
A second commented: “Thank you Ian Brown for the best concert ever at Leeds 02 Academy. You were incredible.”
Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Glasgow, with following shows scheduled for Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool and London.
Furious man confronts fly-tippers dumping huge 7ft fridge in Salford
The fly-tippers were forced to carry the fridge back
A furious homeowner has shared the moment he caught two fly-tippers dumping a huge 7ft fridge next to his house in Salford.
David Holmes, forty-seven, came across two men attempting to leave an old fridge on his property near Edward Avenue over the weekend.
He filmed the altercation and shared the video onto TikTok, where it has since had over 1.4 million views.
In the explosive clip, David could be heard asking the men: “Why have you put that there next to my f*****g house?”
The fly-tippers, who reportedly run a local takeaway in the area, were evidently not expecting to be caught out and, in a second video, could be seen carrying the fridge back while quietly apologising.
David told the Manchester Evening News that he had initially called Salford Council to report the fly-tippers after catching them in the act from his house but, being unsatisfied with their response, ‘lost control’ and went out to confront them himself.
He explained: “We have had problems with fly-tippers on this location but we go out there and pick it up. But obviously when it’s a seven foot fridge you can’t pick that up and put it in a bin.
“I called the council and they said they were going to come and remove it but I said ‘no, they need charging and fining’.
“When I first seen it I felt rage because last night I saw them taking that fridge out the shop. Why would you dump something like that next to our house, they’re supposed to be my neighbour, they can’t go around dumping stuff.”
David said the council needs to do more to combat fly-tippers, adding: “I wanted them to come down to take some names and ID’s. Charging and fining is the only way this will stop.”
Councillor Barbara Bentham, lead member for environment and community safety, Salford City Council, said: “Salford City Council received a call from a resident about an encounter with fly-tippers.
“Enforcement officers visited the site. At this stage no offence has been committed but this case is not closed and officers are investigating further with the information provided.If residents do spot fly-tipping we would advise them not to confront offenders.
“Instead, they should record details such as personal descriptions along with the registration number and make and model of any vehicles used. Residents should stay safe while they are doing this and pass all the information they have gathered to the council.”
GMP seize purple Lamborghini for driving ‘antisocially’ around Salford Quays
In certain parts of Greater Manchester nuisance drivers are a real issue for residents.
One such area is Salford Quays, with people driving around late at night and keeping people up at ungodly hours.
This was the case earlier this week, when a purple Lamborghini was spotted by police causing a racket in the area.
According to GMP Salford, the brightly coloured sports car was seen ‘driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing danger to others and making a racket during the night’.
As a result the Lamborghini Huracan was seized by officers.
GMP Salford wrote on their socials: “#WhileWeWereAway #GMPTransportUnit spotted this purple Lamborghini driving antisocially around Salford Quays, causing a danger to other road users and pedestrians, and making a racket during the night for residents.
“The Huracan was seized under s.59 Police Reform Act #NotSoSuperCar”.