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WSTA supports Tax Payers’ Alliance call to end Alcohol Duty Escalator

DBR Staff Writer Published 27 February 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), a UK-based organization representing over 340 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits, has supported the Tax Payers’ Alliance (TPA) demand to end the alcohol tax rises on the British pub.

According to TPA, the British pubs are facing the brunt of alcohol tax rise and highlighted the importance of wine and spirits to the pub trade, which account for 41% of the value of alcohol sold in on-trade with total value of £9.4bn.

Since 2008, the industry has witnessed continuous increase in alcohol taxation by 2% above inflation, which resulted in wine taxation increase by 50% and spirits by 44%.

WSTA CEO Miles Beale said they back the TPA campaign that shows the impact of the Alcohol Duty Escalator on the industry.

"The Alcohol Duty Escalator has had a significant impact on the wider wines and spirits industry. And any increase in Alcohol Duty will have an immediate impact on pubs," Beale added.

"It is important that we send a clear message to Government that the only way to support the pub industry is to scrap the Alcohol Duty Escalator immediately."

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