makers in Burnham area attack Chancellor's 2p-a-pint tax rise
makers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have reacted with dismay to
the Chancellor's Budget announcement that cider duty is to increase
by 2p a pint.
George Osborne drew cheers from MPs when he said he said beer
duty would fall by 1p, however drinkers will still pay an estimated
10p more for a bottle of wine, while a bottle of spirits is up
38p and a pint of cider is up 2p.
Harris of West Croft Cider in Brent Knoll, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Duty on cider has been steadily increasing over recent years
and this latest increase is not unexpected, but is unwelcome.
At some point the cost has to be passed on to customers, although
we will try to avoid this for as long as possible."
Jan Rich from Rich's Cider Farm in Watchfield, near Highbridge,
added: "A small increase in duty was expected, but a 2p a
pint rise does make it difficult for small cider producers who
have to take it on the chin or pass it on to retailers."
2010, we reported here
how Cider makers in the Burnham area have welcome the government's
decision to drop plans for a 10% tax rise on cider following strong
opposition across the West Country.