Chancellor froze duty on beer, cider and spirits today, postponing price rises

Cheers, Phil! Duty on booze is FROZEN in a move saving 2p on a pint of beer, 1p on a pint of cider, and 30p on a bottle of Scotch or gin (…but it’s BAD news for wine drinkers).

Beer and cider drinkers may raise a glass to Philip Hammond tonight after he froze duty on both drinks in his budget.

But wine-lovers will be less impressed with the Chancellor after he announced duties on bottles of red and white will increase with inflation.

Spirits will escape increases, with the duty on a bottle of Scotch or gin also frozen compared to the inflation assumption in the OBR forecast.

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