Autumn Budget 2021: Sunak overhauls UK alcohol duties

New Draught Relief policy

Pedro Gonçalves
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Rishi Sunak has scrapped a planned increase in duty on alcohol worth £3bn and simplified taxes to help pubs as they struggle to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of main duty rates has been cut from 15 to just six - the stronger the drink, the higher the rate. Sunak criticised the current system of alcohol taxes as outdated and too complicated, as he revealed the changes. Spending Review 2021: Improved growth and 'scarring' forecasts boost spending but Sunak tightens borrowing rules "We are taking advantage of leaving the EU to announce the most radical simplification of alcohol duties for over 140 years," he said. "We are taking five steps today to create a system that is simpler, fairer and healthier." Stronger red wines, fo...

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