UK Budget – good and bad

George Osborne scrapped the ghastly duty escalator on wine, which has seen UK duty increase 58% in 6 years to £2.46 a bottle. Hooray. The bad news for wine lovers (and, ahem, producers) is that wine was singled out for an inflation-linked increase, unlike spirits, cider and beer. Here’s my updated map, showing how the UK has the second highest duty on wine in Europe.

Ireland, look away now.
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And here’s the updated graph showing the duty increase since 2000.

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