This document responds to last year’s call for evidence on the Alcohol Duty Review and sets out how the government intends to reform the alcohol duty system.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 30 January 2022

Consultation description

Following a commitment at Budget 2020, the government ran a call for evidence on how well the alcohol duty system currently works and how it could be reformed in Autumn 2020.

The Alcohol Duty Review aims to improve the current system to make it simpler, more economically rational and less administratively burdensome on businesses and HMRC.

This document summarises the responses received to the call for evidence on the Alcohol Duty Review, which received 106 written responses.

The government has considered the issues raised by respondents carefully and is grateful for all of the input received. This document also sets out the government’s response and a consultation on the new alcohol duty system, including overall proposals and some specific points of policy where the government would appreciate further input.

Policies contained within the proposals include:

  • Changes to duty structures
  • New rates for some products sold on draught
  • Extension of small producer reliefs
  • Simplification of the administrative regime.


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