Beer, wine and whisky duty rises scrapped in huge boost for pubs

In a move that will see drinkers raise a glass across the country, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a series of plans to keep the cost of booze low.

For only the second time in 20 years not a single type of alcohol duty will rise as a result of the Budget – with beer, wine, cider and spirit duties all on ice.

But more than that – he also announced help for both whisky makers and pubs.

"Pubs are at the centre of community life but too many have closed," Sunak said.

The business rates discount for pubs was raised from £1,000 to £5,000 giving drinking establishments a £4,000 tax break.

To help the Scotch whisky business, he also announced £1million support to promote whisky overseas and £10million of R&D funding to help the industry go green.

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" We're freezing duty rates on beer, spirits, wine and cider helping with the cost of living," Sunak said.

"This will be only the second time in almost 20 years a Government has frozen all these duties."

The move has been welcomed by pub groups as well as by beer, wine and spirit producers.

Heineken UK Tweeted: "Cheers to Rishi Sunak who has just announced a freeze to beer & cider duty in the Budget .

"This is fantastic news for drinkers & for pubs up & down the UK, & for everyone in the industry who puts so much passion into great British Beer, Cider & Pubs. Cheers Chancellor!"

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