Alcohol Duty Escalator

George Osborne and WSTA chief Miles Beale

WSTA honours George Osborne for duty cuts

By Ellie Bothwell

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has formally thanked Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander for their support in abolishing the alcohol duty escalator in the 2014 Budget.

George Osborne announced a 1p a pint cut in beer duty in the 2014 Budget

Budget 2014: Reaction from the pub trade

By James Wallin

Trade leaders and bodies have been responding to George Osborne's budget, in which he announced a 1p a pint cut in beer duty for the second year running.

Wine's value to the on-trade is set to rise

Value of wines and spirits to pubs set to grow

By John Harrington

The value of wines and spirits to the UK on-trade is set to increase over the coming years as new outlets sell a greater proportion of these products, new research shows.

Spirit duty: should be frozen, says Diageo

Diageo: freeze duty on spirits only

By John Harrington

Diageo has called for spirits duty to be frozen — but the alcohol duty escalator on other drinks to remain until they are taxed at the same rate....

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...

Trade bodies want to axe the tax

75,000 jobs at risk over duty escalator

By Ewan Turney

Over 75,000 drinks industry jobs will be at risk over the next four years if the Government refuses to drop its controversial alcohol duty escalator...

ALMR has warned the industry is not a piggy bank for the Chancellor

Pub industry not Darling's 'piggy bank'

By Ewan Turney

The pub industry is not a piggy bank to be raided every time the Chancellor can't make his sums add up — that's the message from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) prior to Monday's pre-budget report.

McNamara: Duty hikes will shut pubs

Duty escalator is 'ticking timebomb'

By Ewan Turney

BII supremo John McNamara will write to the Chancellor once again urging him to reconsider the alcohol duty escalator, which could see the rate of five pubs closing a day increase even further.