Budget 2017: Industry rejoices as Chancellor freezes alcohol duty, but ‘white cider’ is under fire

22nd November, 2017 by Edith Hancock

Duty on beer, cider, wine and spirits will not rise in keeping with inflation, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Autumn Statement on 22nd November.

Although duty will rise with inflation on high-strength, low-cost drinks like white cider in 2019, taxes on all other drinks will stay at the same rate.

Hammond cited tighter household budgets and declining pub sales as key reasons behind the decision.

“Recognising the pressure on household budgets and backing our Great British Pubs, duties on other ciders, wine, spirits and on beer will be frozen.”

“This will mean a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less in 2018 than if we had continued with Labour’s plans.”

“A pint of beer will also be 12p less, so Merry Christmas Mr Deputy Speaker.”

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