Darling duty hikes anger voters: poll

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The Government didn't listen to the trade when the latest alcohol-duty hikes were imposed. But maybe it will listen to voters, who give the increases...

The Government didn't listen to the trade when the latest alcohol-duty hikes were imposed. But maybe it will listen to voters, who give the increases the thumbs-down in a new poll.

Just 16% said they would be inclined to vote Labour following the Chancellor's decision to increase duty on beer 2% above inflation for the next four years, in a poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Three-quarters (77%) of the British public believe Government tax hikes on beer will threaten many of Britain's traditional pubs, while 82% say the rises will penalise sensible drinkers, with the same number saying the increases would do nothing to reduce binge drinking.

BBPA chief executive Rob Hayward said: "The public is deeply opposed to the Chancellor pushing up the price of a pint at a time when rising prices are the main concern.

"People clearly think that the taxman has had enough.

"This polling must make the Chancellor think again about further tax rises on beer."

Related topics: Legislation

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