Beer: Excise Duties

Treasury written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of small breweries operating between 2,100 hectoliters and 5,000 hectoliters, that will be financially disadvantaged by the proposed reform of the Small Brewer Relief.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

The Treasury has been reviewing Small Brewers Relief since 2018. As announced to Parliament in July, the Treasury has concluded the first stage of the review and set out its findings.

The Treasury continues to work with industry on the impact of those changes and will consult later this year on further aspects of reforming the relief, including the shape of the new taper. Responses to the consultation will allow for more detailed assessment of the impact of the changes and the results of the consultation will help determine what rate of duty relief breweries will be entitled to as they grow.

In order to provide time for brewers to adapt, final changes will not come into effect until at least 1 January 2022.

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