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2015 Budget: Alcohol Industry profits, NHS at breaking point

The Government has announced a cut in the duty on beer and cider as well as a 2% cut in the excise duty on spirits in this year’s budget. Wine duties are to be frozen. We know that price and affordability of alcohol impact on population level health harms. These further reductions in price will only perpetuate trends towards higher rates of consumption in the UK and these cuts come at a cost of £920 million to HM Treasury over the next five years. This is in addition to the £1.5 billion cost of scrapping the alcohol duty escalator in last year’s budget. With our NHS at breaking point, we simply can’t afford for alcohol to get any cheaper.

   Read the response from the Alcohol Health Alliance

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