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Joint statement calling on the Chancellor to cancel the double-digit tax hike on the UK’s world-class drinks industry

NA | 19 October, 2022

Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“The news that the latest Chancellor has scrapped the freeze to alcohol duty is extremely disappointing. This is yet another change of plans which will cause disruption to UK wine and spirit businesses who have spent the last two years being bounced from one crisis to the next. Raising taxes is not only bad news for consumers worried about the cost of living, but also stifles growth and innovation for British businesses trying to recover from the pandemic and supply chain issues. History has shown that freezing alcohol duty does not have a negative impact on Treasury coffers. We are looking forward to discussing our concerns with Treasury officials.”

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