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Cider Makers Fight Tax Rise Proposal


The National Association of Cider Makers has complained about Labour MP Alan Meale’s petition to the government to triple cider taxes to bring them in line with beer taxes.

Simon Russell, spokesperson for the National Association of Cider Makers, feels that doing so would jeopardise the jobs of those in the cider industry, the BBC reported.

Mr Russell told the BBC that the taxes on cider are lower because its production costs are much higher than those of beer.

He added that, over the last decade, the extra money has gone towards planting millions of trees and, therefore, boosting the rural economy.

Mr Meale’s petition states that the government could raise £400 million each year if cider duty was increased to the same level as that of beer.

Last week, the British Beer and Pub Association revealed that the government makes five times the amount of money from beer sales than the UK’s pubs and breweries do.

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