30 November 2010
The Programme for Government outlined the intention to review alcohol taxation to tackle problem drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers, pubs and important local industries. This intention was confirmed by the Chancellor in the June Budget and the Treasury held an informal consultation over the summer. A number of workshops and written submissions from industry, health and other groups have helped to inform the review.
Today the Government is providing further information about potential tax measures following the review, including the intention to introduce a new additional duty on beers over 7.5% abv in strength and a reduced rate of duty on beers at a strength of 2.8% abv or below.