New Chewing Gum Tax To Be Introduced

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

29 Mar 2021

A new tax on chewing gum is set to be introduced in the hope that it will cut into the cost of cleaning Britain’s streets.

Luckily for British gun chewers the tax isn’t directly aimed at them. Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to raise more than £100million from the new scheme which will target gum manufacturers.

Around 300,000 pieces of discarded chewing gum can be found on London’s busy Oxford Street, at any given time taking around three months to clean up.

A Whitehall source told the Sunday Times: “There are talks to see if they will cough up voluntarily but officials are already looking at how you would impose a levy. We want cleaner streets so we can make a meaningful difference to communities.”

The proposed new tax is coming as part of the Prime Minister’s bid to rebuild Britain to “strengthen and better” after the pandemic.

In other news Boris Johnson has been told to scrap the use of the term BAME by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.