cider makers welcome government's cider tax U-turn
makers across the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcome the government's
decision to drop plans for a 10% tax rise on cider following strong
opposition across the West Country.
were forced to rescind the increase, announced in the Budget,
as part of efforts to get laws passed after the general election
Parliament due to be dissolved on 12th April, outstanding legislation
must be passed by Thursday or be dropped.
Tories and Lib Dems have welcomed the move, but Labour say it
will be re-introduced if it wins power again.
Harris of West Croft Cider in Brent Knoll, pictured above, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is very good news. Common sense
tax rise will now expire on 30 June, after which cider would be
subject to the standard 2% increase announced in the Budget for
beers and spirits.
MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, also welcomed the decision on Wednesday.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I objected to this Somerset
Tax when I spoke in the Budget Debate in the House of Commons.
The Conservative Party voted against this then and I am glad the
Government has now dropped it. This is a victory for the first
day of the election."
Alistair Darling said in his budget that it was justified because
cider had historically been treated more favourably than other
alcohol categories but the opposition parties said the move was
punitive, at a time when British firms were struggling to emerge
from the recession.
cider tax rise was included in the government's Finance Bill,
which is among the outstanding bills being considered by Parliament.