17 May 2022
Philip Dunne calls for simplification of alcohol duty system

Philip Dunne speaks up for wine and beer sellers in Shropshire to ask the Government to ensure changes to Alcohol Duty help simplify they duty system rather than make it more complex and costly to administer. 

Support for SMEs

Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)

13. What fiscal steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-size enterprises. (900062)

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (Helen Whately)

Small and medium-sized businesses are at the heart of our economy, creating jobs and prosperity across the UK. Last week, we wrote to more than 2 million businesses setting out our support to them, including a £1,000 cut to employment taxes, extending the annual investment allowance limit, reducing business rates and cutting fuel duty by 5p.

Philip Dunne 

In considering responses to the Treasury’s consultation on simplifying alcohol duty, will my hon. Friend consider a model that broadly relates duty to alcohol strength but without creating massive complexity and cost for the UK’s thousands of off licences and wine shops, including important small and medium-sized enterprises in Shropshire, which create jobs, supporting both the wine import and brewing sectors?

Helen Whately 

As my right hon. Friend knows, we have set out our plans to make alcohol duty simpler and fairer—a change that is long overdue. That includes a new relief for draught beer, small producer relief for craft cider makers and the end of the higher rate for sparkling wine. I am listening to the sector and I have visited businesses to hear for myself, to make sure that the reforms work in practice.