SHAAP statement on differential duty rates
SHAAP supports the principle of differential duty rates for on and off trade retailers in the current market conditions in the UK. Duty rates in the UK have been falling behind incomes and prices for many years and rates for all categories are at historically low levels. We call for a long-term strategy of progressive duty increases in the off trade. We do not support a reduction in current on trade duty rates.
We are not encouraging on trade drinking, particularly during the pandemic given the risk of intoxicated crowds gathering in an enclosed space.
Differential duty rates in the on and off trade sectors give Government a tool to better target fiscal interventions in order to reduce harm. In the current UK situation, this means duty changes which increase the cost of the cheapest off trade alcohol, which fits well alongside Minimum Unit Pricing.