Warning on alcohol duty

The WSTA wants duty frozen

WITH UK consumers already paying some of the highest alcohol prices in Europe, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called on the government to freeze wine and spirit duty in the Autumn Budget.

Chancellor Philip Hammond froze the alcohol duty last year, and a study conducted by the WSTA found that it would be a “favourable outcome for the UK economy” if he did the same again.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA said: “The reality is that freezing alcohol duty is a win, win, win – more money for the Treasury, support for British business, pubs and the cash strapped consumer.”

The date for the budget has not yet been announced.