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The Independent

Alcohol obligation freeze welcomed by drinks business



A deliberate rise in alcohol obligation was among the many measures scotched by the Chancellor within the Commons on Friday.

In a mini-budget that put tax cuts entrance and centre, Kwasi Kwarteng introduced that a rise in obligation charges for beer, cider, wine and spirits can be cancelled.

Alongside an 18-month transitional measure for wine obligation, he additionally stated he would prolong draught aid to smaller kegs to assist help smaller breweries.

Obligation freeze ‘will save £1.35 on a mean bottle of whisky’ (PA)

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The Scotch Whisky Association praised the transfer by the Chancellor, saying the Government had “delivered”.

Mr Kwarteng advised MPs he had “listened to business considerations in regards to the ongoing reforms”.

“At this tough time, we aren’t going to let alcohol obligation charges rise consistent with RPI. So I can announce that the deliberate will increase within the obligation charges for beer, for cider, for wine, and for spirits will all be cancelled.”



The obligation freeze is not going to solely help our sector, however the hospitality business and the broader economic system

Scotch Whisky Affiliation chief government Mark Kent

Scotch Whisky Affiliation chief government Mark Kent stated that the obligation freeze would save shoppers £1.35 on the typical priced bottle of whisky.

“The obligation freeze is not going to solely help our sector, however the hospitality business and the broader economic system,” he stated.

The Workplace of Funds Accountability had predicted that the Authorities would elevate £12.7 billion in 2022/23 from the tax paid on alcohol.

The obligation on alcohol is reviewed every year to maintain consistent with inflation, though in recent times obligation charges have typically been minimize or frozen by the Authorities.

Final 12 months the Authorities introduced plans to reform the alcohol taxation system from subsequent 12 months, which is able to see all drinks taxed in proportion to their alcohol content material.

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