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Duty fraud - no beer tax stamps is great news, says BBPA


Commenting on today’s announcement on government policy to tackle duty fraud, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive said:

“This is great news. In setting aside plans for tax stamps on every bottle and can of beer, the Government has listened, and stepped back from a hugely costly and damaging policy that would have hit jobs and growth. It again shows that following the beer duty cut in the Budget, the Government recognises the importance of beer and pubs to the UK economy, and the potential for increased beer exports, which have grown substantially in recent years.

“We very much welcome the measures that have been announced today to tackle fraud and we remain committed to working with HMRC to build on their current strategy. We will work closely with them on practical solutions, such as sharing intelligence, to bring duty fraudsters to book. HMRC has scored notable successes of late, and it is important that the whole supply chain, as well as Government, is fully engaged with this process.”

Notes to editors:

Broadcast Interviews: BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds OBE is available for interview in central London studios, call Neil Williams, 020 7627 9156.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.


Duty Fraud

For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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