TaxPersonal TaxBudget follow-up: Sin taxes spared

Budget follow-up: Sin taxes spared

This year's Budget did not contain severe increases of so-called sin taxes, which will certainly please the nation's army of drinkers and smokers.

Link: Budget 2004

The cost of a price of cigarettes went up in line with inflation by 8p, as did the price of a pint (by a penny) and a bottle of wine (4p).

There was no increase on cider, sparkling wine or spirits.

Brown said the freeze on the last of these was the longest in nearly half a century, but spirit producers will be concerned at the announcement that the government will adopt the Roques Report’s recommendation to stamp spirit bottles, unless a workable alternative can be found

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