The wine, spirits, beer and cider industries play an important role in providing employment. I am therefore pleased that the Chancellor has reduced the level of alcohol duty on beer, cider and spirits, while freezing it for wine.
For the third year in a row, the tax on a typical pint of beer has been cut by 1p. This means that an average pint of beer is 9p cheaper than it would have been under Labour's plans when they were in power. The duty on spirits and on cider has also been cut by 2 per cent, while the duty on wine will be frozen, ensuring that the duties on beer and wine remain broadly similar.
The Government is committed to supporting pubs, alongside helping those who work in the beer, spirits, wine and cider industries right across the UK. The action already taken by the Government is great news for the retail and hospitality sectors as well as the people who work in them. Pubs are an important part of local communities and I welcome this support for them, which protects jobs, and helps hardworking people keep more of the money they earn.