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Last Updated:March 19, 2014

The WSTA welcomes the Chancellor's decision to scrap the alcohol duty escalator.

Commenting on the Government’s decision to scrap the alcohol duty escalator, Wine and Spirit Trade Association Chief Executive Miles Beale said:

“It is great news that our Call Time on Duty campaign has been successful. This will be widely welcomed by consumers and businesses across the UK. The Chancellor’s decision to scrap the alcohol duty escalator a year early and freeze alcohol duty for spirits is fantastic news and will be widely welcomed by consumers and businesses.

The move will help British pubs, bars, and restaurants up and down the country, and will boost jobs and investment in the great British drinks industry and in the hospitality sector more widely. While we would have liked to have seen a complete freeze on wine duty, the WSTA and our Call Time on Duty campaign partners applauds the Chancellor’s decision to scrap the escalator and will be raising a toast to George Osborne.”


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