The Importance of Maintaining the Alcohol Duty Escalator - Briefing paper by the Alcohol Health Alliance

The Importance of Maintaining the Alcohol Duty Escalator - Briefing paper by the Alcohol Health Alliance

This briefing by Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA; of which SHAAP is a member) outlines the importance of maintaining the alcohol duty escalator. The alcohol duty escalator, introduced in 2008, sees the duty rate on all alcoholic drinks increase by two per cent above the rate of inflation every year. The escalator is due to run until March 2015. However in the 2013 Budget the Chancellor George Osborne froze the duty escalator on beer, and now sections of the drinks industry are asking for it to be scrapped for wine and spirits in this year’s budget. AHA's recommendations are to:

  1. Maintain the duty escalator,
  2. Ensure spirits are taxed at a higher rate than wine and beer, and
  3. Increase duty rates on cider.

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