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‘Alcohol duty rises are ruining the pub trade’

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CONTINUING to add to an already high level of alcohol duty could ‘very easily ruin another industry’ according to one publican.

Stephen Taylor. (19600230)

Stephen Taylor, owner of the Cock and Bull pub, said it was cheaper to go out for a drink in the City of London than in Guernsey.

‘Our industry is quite key to the tourist industry and is slowly getting crippled.

‘The price is so high now that it is an expensive night out to go for a drink.

‘People are coming over here and are surprised at how much it is to have a meal and a drink, it’s more expensive than the City of London.’

Policy & Resources stated in the Budget the reason for the above inflation increase in alcohol duty is for public health as part of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy’s aims ‘to reduce the availability of cheap and heavily discounted alcohol and irresponsible promotions’.

They say that the additional duty will raise an extra £650,000 a year, taking the total income from alcohol excise duty to £13.5m.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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