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Fairer Drinks Tax

The UK wine and spirit industry…

Supports over 402,000 jobs

Makes up 69% of drinks duty revenue to the Treasury

Contributes £72.6 billion in economic activity

The Chancellor will deliver his Spring Budget on 6 March 2024.

The 2023 Autumn Statement took place just three months after a fundamental revision of the excise duty system and the largest increase in alcohol excise duties in almost 50 years.

While the WSTA welcomed the announcement at the Autumn Statement that excise duty would be frozen until August 2024, the backdrop the sector operates against remains one of persistent food and drink inflation, a hospitality sector under considerable strain, falling sales volumes, and continued pressure on household incomes.

Data from HMRC shows that Exchequer receipts from wine duty were down 10% in September-December 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. While for spirits, there has been a 30% decrease in the same period.

The WSTA is therefore calling for 3 vital and urgent measures to support wine and spirit businesses:

1.  A cut in alcohol duty

2. Making the wine duty easement permanent

3. A commitment to ensure any duty increases only take effect once a year from 1 February

You can help reinforce and amplify our message by:

  • Writing to your MP(s)
  • Getting engaged on social media

To make this as easy as possible, this hub contains all the resources you need.

Making the easement easy

Understanding the wine excise duty easement

Let's cut to the chase

Why the Chancellor should cut excise duty

Social Media Resources

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