Autumn Budget 2021: Sunak overhauls UK alcohol duties

New Draught Relief policy

Pedro Gonçalves
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Some pub groups have warned the costs of wage increases could add 30p to the cost of a pint

Some pub groups have warned the costs of wage increases could add 30p to the cost of a pint

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 Sunak criticised the current system of alcohol taxes as outdated and too complicated, as...

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