Drink tax to rise next week – time to text now

15 April, 2009

A Treasury minister has said taxes will rise in next week’s Budget – so join OLN's text campaign and tell the Chancellor enough is enough before it's too late.

Angela Eagle wrote to a supporter of the Drinkers’ Alliance, the WSTA-run group that aims to get consumers involved in the debate on issues around alcohol.

She said taxes are a “revenue stream” for the government and they will rise when the Budget is announced next week.

WSTA spokesman Gavin Partington said: “The letter is what you would expect from a Treasury minister – it confirms the status quo. Nevertheless it doesn’t provide much encouragement.”

In last year’s Budget Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that alcohol tax would rise 2% above inflation this year.

OLN is calling on the government to drop the duty escalator in a bid to save jobs in the drinks trade.

Join our campaign by texting “ENOUGH” to 82055, and we’ll tell the Chancellor that enough is enough.

OLN will not make any profit from this campaign, but mobile phone providers will charge the cost of a standard text – about 10p.

The Drinkers Alliance is asking consumers to send a letter to the Chancellor through its website, drinkersalliance.com.

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