Responding to the government announcement of a cancellation of planned increases on alcohol duty

Fiscal event statement

Fiscal event statement

Will Hawkley, Head of Leisure and Hospitality at KPMG said:

“With rising energy costs, even after welcome government intervention earlier this week, and high rates of food inflation threatening the hospitality sector, the cancellation of planned increases on wine, beer, and other alcohol duties will be welcomed, however it only stops planned increases and doesn’t reduce duty.

“Overall the hospitality sector was looking for a reduction in VAT and business rates akin to the actions taken during the pandemic to keep the sector afloat. Smaller operators in particular will remain extremely concerned about what happens after the current energy support ends in 6 months’ time.“


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