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WSTA response to launch of consultation on licensing and ban on below cost sales

28 July 2010 

The Coalition Government has today launched a consultation on proposals to reform the Licensing Act and introduce a ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price. Commenting on the announcement, WSTA spokesman Gavin Partington said:

“The WSTA supports a ban on selling alcohol below the level of duty plus VAT and we are keen to work with Government on this issue to ensure any future legislation does not discriminate against any particular section of the drinks industry.

“We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on licensing laws but it’s worth remembering that local authorities and police already have substantial powers to refuse and remove licences from problem premises.

“We hope any changes in this area focus on tackling problem drinkers and premises and don’t add unnecessary costs and burdens to the vast majority of responsible consumers and businesses.”


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Notes to editors:

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The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:  +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email: [email protected]


WSTA welcomes tax freeze

The WSTA welcomes today's Budget announcement that there will not be any further immediate increases in excise duty on wine and spirits.

The decision follows substantial increases in tax on alcohol in recent years.  Since the start of 2008 tax on wine and spirits has increased by 26% and 22% respectively.
 
This is the first time the Government has frozen excise duty since 2001.

WSTA Chief Executive Jeremy Beadles said:

 "Today's announcement provides some relief for a sector that has faced substantial tax increases in recent years and I welcome the Chancellor's decision.

"Repeated tax hikes have produced less revenue for the Treasury and punished responsible drinkers, while failing to tackle the problem of binge-drinking."

 

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Notes to editors
The WSTA is the UK organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry's interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:  +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email: [email protected]

WSTA response to NICE guidance on alcohol

Commenting on guidance regarding alcohol issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Gavin Partington of the WSTA said:

"Sadly, this guidance proposes measures that will not address the root causes of alcohol misuse and will merely punish the majority of British consumers who drink responsibly.
"We need to educate people better and earlier about the risks associated with excessive drinking and we need proper enforcement of laws to address misuse and related anti-social behaviour."
"Minimum pricing is probably illegal and won't stop problem drinkers.
Advertising is already tightly regulated and banning it would hit the pockets of millions of consumers and threaten the loss of thousands of jobs.

"We all want to tackle alcohol misuse, so let's focus on those who have the problem not punish everybody."


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Notes to Editors:

The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry's interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:  +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email: [email protected]

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