Alcohol Duty

'No transparency from Government when it comes to pubs', says Mark Daniels

Budget 2012: Transparent? It’s as clear as mud…

Twice during his Budget speech, George Osborne stated that he wanted a transparent tax system. He also said that it should be fair. But the swift dismissal of the pub industry in his budget was anything but transparent, or fair.

WSTA has urged the Treasury to freeze alcohol duty

WSTA urges freeze on alcohol duty

By Adam Pescod

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has urged the Treasury to put a freeze on alcohol duty to help struggling businesses, ahead of this year’s Budget.

Chancellor Alastair Darling: will he listen?

WSTA: enough is enough on alcohol tax

By Ewan Turney

Enough is enough on alcohol duty — that's the warning from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) as the Budget edges ever closer.

Bish: Government needs to rethink duty policy

ALMR: closed pubs can't pay taxes

By Ewan Turney

The Government could be £217m worse off because its inflation busting duty hikes have shut so many pubs. The warning comes from the Association of...

Donkey Darling: killing pubs

Trade fury at Darling's duty rise

By Ewan Turney

The pub industry is in a state of utter shock this morning after the news that alcohol duty will rise again by 8% from Monday — representing a 17% increase for the year. The increase, unlike the VAT cut, is permanent.