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Rishi Sunak calls for an ‘unfair’ alcohol tax rethink as hardcore drinkers will pay £150 more than beer drinkers

RISHI Sunak has been urged to rethink alcohol tax reform that will cost G&T or whiskey lovers £150 more a year than beer drinkers.

Those who follow sane guidelines on alcohol will have to pay £209 in tax for a year under the Prime Minister’s “fairer” system.

Those who follow sane guidelines on alcohol will pay £209 in tax for a year under the PM's'fairer' system

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Those who follow sane guidelines on alcohol will pay £209 in tax for a year under the PM’s ‘fairer’ systemCredit: AFP
Although the guidelines do not indicate different alcohol products, the proposed tax system would

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Although the guidelines do not indicate different alcohol products, the proposed tax system wouldCredit: Getty – Contributor

This compared to £64 for people who like a pint of beer or cider.

That’s even though the pint has 2.3 units of alcohol compared to drinks like Scotch that only have two.

Graeme Littlejohn, of the Scotch Whiskey Association, said: “The way we tax alcohol in the UK is outdated and in dire need of reform.

“But the changes set forth by the Prime Minister in the Budget do not deliver the conventional approach he has promised. They also failed to meet the government’s pledge of support an important industry in Scotch Whiskey and the jobs it supports. ”

“The Prime Minister should reconsider these reforms that do not bring justice to the Scotch Whiskey industry.”

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance states that drinkers should consume no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

Although the instructions do not indicate different wines products, the proposed tax system will.

A government consultation on alcohol tax reform ends today (Sunday) – with the Tories pledging reforms during the 2019 Queen’s Speech “to ensure our tax system is supporting Scotch Whiskey and gin producers and protecting 42,000 Scotch-supported jobs across the UK.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17484883/unfair-booze-tax-spirit-lovers-will-pay-more/ Rishi Sunak calls for an ‘unfair’ alcohol tax rethink as hardcore drinkers will pay £150 more than beer drinkers

Bobby Allyn

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