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| 10 November, 2023
Ahead of the Autumn Statement on 22 November, the WSTA is carefully assessing the possibility of a second increase in alcohol duty being announced, following August’s 10.1% Retail Price Index (RPI) increase alongside the introduction of the new duty system.
While important to note that the WSTA has received no confirmation of a planned increase from Government, the current fiscal climate, and the introduction of inflation-aligned increases in August of this year, means that a further increase must be taken as a serious possibility.
Therefore, the WSTA is asking all members to utilise this amendable template to write to their local MP, regardless of previous contact or engagement. You may write to both the MP for your business/company and home address, but please ensure you have written to the MP for your business/company as a minimum.
This template letter contains the rationale for an immediate freeze to alcohol duty and includes CPIH figures for drinks categories from the Office for National Statistic’s September bulletin that show a clear inflationary impact of August’s increases. It further highlights that an increase at the Autumn Statement, aligned to a RPI figure of 8.9% would mean a cumulative duty increase of over 30% for an average-strength bottle of still wine in 6 months or less.
All members should customise the letter to include specific economic and background information about their business/company. Full guidance on how to amend the template, and to send to MP’s offices, is contained in the template document above. Members are kindly asked to also include this submission to the Treasury from the WSTA.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the WSTA when: