Swindon brewer welcomes freeze on beer duty announced in budget

By Ben Fitzgerald - 30 October 2018


The head of Arkell’s Brewery, George Arkell, has welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s freeze on beer duty in the Autumn budget announced yesterday.

Mr Arkell said: “We welcome today's news of the freeze on beer duty. The Government's support in the growth and innovation of our sector has enabled us to make strong investments in our brewery in recent years, which is reflected in the quality and selection of beer we make. This is a positive thumbs up in the Government's confidence in pubs and breweries and the crucial social and economic contribution they make to the UK."

Under the changes announced was a freeze on beer, cider and spirits duty, saving 2p on a pint of beer, 1p on a pint of cider, and 30p on a bottle of Scotch or gin.

Wine duty will not be frozen and a bottle will go up by 8p from 1 February next year, and a packet of 20 cigarettes has gone up by 33p.

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