With less than three weeks to go until Budget day, speculation is mounting: will the Chancellor listen to the thousands who have emailed their MPs and make a popular pre-election cut in alcohol duty? The case in favour is compelling.
Independent research by EY shows that dropping the duty by 2% would not only increase GDP, create jobs and support pubs and the wider hospitality sector. Crucially, it would also enable the Chancellor to stand up for responsible drinkers and boost the public f inances by more than £1 billion. So a cut could help dent the deficit, not add to it. Please make your voice heard: it’s time to drop the duty.