George Osborne may have tinkered with beer and alcohol duties in this week’s budget – but he continued to increase duty on tobacco. This approach will only serve to boost the black market for tobacco, says the Institute of Economic Affairs. And, whilst welcome, the slight reduction in alcohol duties will only make a tiny difference to even the heaviest of drinkers.

In Sin Taxes, a short film from ieaTV, the think tank says these duties continue to have a disproportionately large effect on Britain’s poorest families

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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”


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