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Make it a triple! Drinkers toast freeze on beer, wine and cider


DUTY on beer, wine and cider has been frozen for only the second time in almost 20 years – while duty on petrol is also a non- mover.

Tobacco taxes will continue to rise by two per cent above the rate of retail price inflation, adding 27p to a pack of 20 cigarettes

The glad tidings for pub- goers means they will save around £ 80million on beer alone in the next 12 months.

Drivers will be £ 1,200 a year richer than in 2010 – the last year fuel duty went up – according to Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

He has also given pub owners a £ 5,000 discount on their business rates – up from £ 1,000. Those with a rateable value of £ 51,000 or less will not have to pay anything at all.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Associatio­n, said: “It is reassuring to see the Chancellor has taken steps to address the UK’s excessivel­y high duty rates. He has shown he is in touch with British consumers who want to enjoy a drink without getting stung.”

Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Associatio­n, said: “Pub- goers across the UK will be toasting the Chancellor.

“Freezing beer duty alone will save them £ 80million and secure 2,000 jobs across the country.”

Motorists were also celebratin­g after Mr Sunak revealed fuel duty will remain at 58p per litre for petrol and diesel. He said: “I’ve heard representa­tions that after nine years of being frozen, at a cost of £ 110billion to the taxpayer, we can no longer afford to freeze fuel duty.

“I’m certainly mindful of the fiscal cost and environmen­tal impacts.

“But I’m taking considerab­le steps in this Budget to incentivis­e cleaner forms of transporta­tion, and many people still rely on their cars. So I’m pleased to announce that for another year fuel duty will remain frozen. Compared to 2010 plans, that’s a saving of £ 1,200.”

It is a victory for campaigner­s like Fair Fuel UK and the AA, which said: “An increase would have had a negative impact on households and business at a time when the economy is fragile.”

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