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ubb fans won’t have to pay more for a pint after Rishi Sunak announced a freeze on alcohol duties for the second year in a row.

The Chancellor announced that planned tariff increases on spirits such as Scotch whiskey, wine, cider and beer, will all be canceled.

Mr. Sunak told MPs: “All alcohol taxes are frozen for the second year in a row – only the third time in two decades.

“And right now, to keep the cost of living low, I’m not prepared to increase the cost of a tank of fuel. The planned increase in the fuel tax is therefore also canceled. “

Christian Mole, Ernst & Young’s hospitality and leisure manager for the UK and Ireland, said the freeze was a ‘welcome measure’, adding: ‘Especially for’ damp pubs and bars Who have not been able to switch to take out and delivery services. , and where social distancing and the resulting capacity restrictions have been particularly difficult. “

Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director of Diageo Great Britain, said: “The past year has been incredibly difficult and today’s decision, along with other measures to help trade, gives the industry confidence. necessary to meet the ongoing challenges in these critical final months before the reopening. ”

Paul Davies, CEO of Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company, said the move will help support brewers and pubs on the long road to recovery, adding: “But it will take more, and continued financial support directly targeted at the industry. brewing will be essential if our industry is to recover financially from the past 12 months. We also hope the government will review beer duties as part of the alcohol duty review to further support brewers and pubs. “

Liam Manton, co-founder of Didsbury Gin, added: “Any increase in duties on liquor or spirits would have stifled the innovation and growth of many companies in our iconic industry.”

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