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BUDGET 2012: Packets of cigarettes to go up by 37p while alcohol cost increases by 5%

  • Average price of a pint rises to £3.17 as wine expected to hit an average of £5 a bottle
  • Duty on cigarettes increases by five per cent above inflation
  • Tax hike comes despite inflation already pushing up price of alcohol
  • Cost of beer has risen by 40 per cent since 2008

 

Sin taxes: Beer and cigarettes have been hit by a rise in duty in the budget today (file picture)Sin taxes: Beer and cigarettes have been hit by a rise in duty in the budget today (file picture)

Drinkers and smokers faced added pain today as George Osborne confirmed another duty rise on alcohol and cigarettes.

The Chancellor told the House of Commons that alcohol will be subject to a rise in duty of 5.4 per cent that will see the price of a pint rising by as much as 10p.

Cigarettes meanwhile will  increase by five per cent above the rate of inflation, increasing the average price of a packet of 20 by 37p.

Wine and spirits will also be hit by the increase in alcohol duty. The average bottle of wine will now rise to £5, according to industry figures.

George Osborne told the House of Commons today that the increases would be effective from 6pm tonight.

He said: ‘Smoking remains the biggest cause of preventable illness in this country.

‘There is strong evidence that increasing the price of cigarettes deters people from smoking.

‘Duty on a packet of cigarettes will rise by five per cent above the rate of inflation. This will increase the cost of a packet of cigarettes by 37p.’

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The Chancellor confirmed that there will be no change in alcohol duty and it will therefore increase by two per cent above inflation, which current stands at 3.4 per cent. The overall increase in alcohol will be four per cent and the changes will be effective from 6pm today.

Economists believe that an extra one per cent in alcohol duty would benefit government finances by £60 million and £30 million could be gained from adding one per cent to cigarette duty.

The extra revenue will help to offset raising the income tax threshold for millions of workers, which will cost the Treasury £3bn a year.

But smokers’ groups have slammed the duty increase on duty on tobacco products as a ‘smugglers’ charter’.

Simon Clark, director of Forest, said: ‘This is a smugglers’ charter. More and more consumers will turn to the black market or buy their tobacco abroad.

Mr Osborne said that smoking was the biggest cause of preventable illness in the UK and there was evidence higher price would deter addicts (file picture)Mr Osborne said that smoking was the biggest cause of preventable illness in the UK and there was evidence higher price would deter addicts (file picture)

‘The elderly, the low paid and the unemployed will be hit the hardest but this is an attack on all law-abiding smokers who support Britain’s retailers by purchasing their cigarettes at home.

‘The only people celebrating this decision will be criminal gangs and tobacco control lobbyists.’

Increase on alcohol duty are being introduced under the duty escalator announced in 2008 by the previous Government. Beer taxes have increased 42 per cent since the budget that year.

The ‘sin taxes’ came despite official inflation figures showing that prices of alcohol had leapt pt 2.6 per cent in February — the biggest ever increase for the month.

The latest inflation figures published yesterday show the rate of inflation on most types of alcoholic drink has risen significantly since December 2011.

According to analysis by the Wilson Drinks Report, WDR, inflation on spirits jumped from 2.0 per cent in January to 11.2 per cent in February, whilst inflation on wine increased from 3.0 per cent to 5.4 per cent, with inflation on beer has more than doubled from 3.6 per cent to 7.7 per cent.

Experts blamed price ‘resetting’ after New Year discounts — but also the higher cost of grain and transport.

The rises are likely to anger those in the pub and brewing industry who have accused the Coalition of putting up to 1m jobs at risk with the changes.

Support: George Osborne delivers his budget speech to the House of Commons today as David Cameron looks on Support: George Osborne delivers his budget speech to the House of Commons today as David Cameron looks on

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds his budget case outside number 11 Downing Street today before delivering his budget to the House of CommonsChancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds his budget case outside number 11 Downing Street today before delivering his budget to the House of Commons

Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoon pub chain said: ‘We are disappointed that excise duties on alcohol will increase by 2 per cent beyond the rate of inflation, since the British people are now paying 40 per cent of all the alcohol duties in Europe.

‘We are also very disappointed that pubs will continue to pay 20 per cent VAT on food when supermarkets pay nothing, enabling them to cross-subsidise their prices for alcoholic drinks.’

Camra said the announcement will lead to the price of a pint increasing by between 5p and 10p in pubs and means that beer duty has increased by more than 40 per cent since 2008.

Chief executive Mike Benner said: ‘The fact Britons are forced to pay over 40 per cent of the EU beer tax bill but consume only 13 per cent of the beer sold in Europe is remarkable.

‘British beer in a pub is so heavily hit with duty and VAT, the taxman’s whirlwind hikes translate to him guzzling a third of every pint served, a shadow cast over the beer drinker depriving people of an affordable night down their local.’

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) yesterday called for a freeze in beer tax in the budget, saying a boost was needed for an industry which provides one million jobs.

The organisation cited a survey showing 54 per cent of the public supported the freeze.

The group published a report before the budget into the ‘vital role’ that the industry plays in creating jobs across the country, claiming that 980,000 people depend on the sector for their livelihoods.

Experts warned that up to a million people in the brewing and pub industries could lose their jobs as a result of increasing costs Threat: Experts warned that up to a million people in the brewing and pub industries could lose their jobs as a result of increasing costs (file picture)

Research in parliamentary constituencies showed that London and Westminster had the most pub-based jobs in the country at 11,000, followed by Manchester Central (5,700), Birmingham Ladywood (5,500) and Liverpool Riverside (5,300).

It added that the beer and pub trade adds more than £21bn to the UK economy every year and £13.4bn in UK wages are dependent on the trade each year.

Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said today: ‘This is a huge lost opportunity to put British jobs and pubs first. Beer tax has now risen by 42 per cent since the misguided escalator policy was introduced just four years ago. It means the loss of over 5,000 jobs this year, and hundreds of pub closures.

‘Since 2004, the tax on beer has risen by 60 per cent, but tax revenues have fallen far short, with only a 10% rise in duty revenues despite the huge toll in lost jobs and pubs, and lost revenue through VAT as beer sales have fallen by 25 per cent.

‘It beggars belief that further hikes are planned next year. The Government must rethink this damaging policy before even more harm is done to the British brewing and the pub trade.’

The association said the average new price of a pint of lager will be £3.17, adding that beer tax was now 12 times higher than in Germany, with pubs having to pay £2,800 each in extra duty.

 

By RICK DEWSBURY
PUBLISHED: 13:15, 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 09:53, 22 March 2012
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2118149/BUDGET-2012-Cigarettes-37p-alcohol-cost-increases-5.html#ixzz1pqOvRrj9

Matthew Freud’s PR agency has won a multi-faceted £1m per year PR account with the Department of Health.

Obesity: key aspect of Freuds' DH brief
Obesity: key aspect of Freuds’ DH brief

DH confirmed today that Freuds will ‘manage creative PR around all the Department’s public health campaigns’.

The newly created single brief covers four of the department’s major comms programmes – Smokefree/Tobacco Control, the Change4Life obesity campaign, Older People and Younger People.

Freuds has been handling the DH’s flagship anti-obesity drive Change4Life since 2008, worth up to £45k per month to the agency. Freuds’ new contract will take effect from 1 January and is thought to be worth about £85k a month.

Consolidated was formerly working on a project for DH called My Health London, and has previously handled the DH’s swine flu vaccination campaign, while Blue Rubicon previously worked on tobacco control campaigns.

A statement from the Department of Health said that the newly integrated approach would make cost-savings of about 25 per cent.

The statement added: ‘Too often in the past the Department has held separate conversations with the same people, one day talking to them about their diet, the next about their alcohol consumption without recognising linked behaviours. The department is now tailoring its social marketing activities through the life course, so that at each stage in an individual’s life, there is a trusted brand, providing all the information, support and resources, he or she might need.’

Sheila Mitchell, head of marketing at the Department of Health, said: ‘Freud Communications delivered a really exciting pitch. It has some big ideas that we believe will not only promote good health but will really change people’s behaviour.

‘Our public health social marketing strategy takes us to the next level, adopting a life-stage based approach, which will make our campaigns more effective and save money.’

She added that Freuds would forego a percentage of its fee if the agency does not meet specific targets.

Meanwhile, MEC will manage media planning around the newly combined outreach drives.

Source:  Alec Mattinson, prweek.com, 20 December 2011, 2:24pm

Britain’s biggest banks are set for a change of tactics to target small businesses after efforts to collectively woo the sector have struggled to increase lending volumes.

Santander: has called in Eulogy to launch its SME programme

Santander: has called in Eulogy to launch its SME programme

The British Bankers’ Association co-ordinated the launch of the Business Finance Taskforce a year ago on behalf of the UK’s six largest banks to improve relationships with the UK’s SME sector.

Despite a concerted outreach campaign, supported by Portland, the BBA announced last week that lending volumes continued downwards during the third quarter, with 74 per cent of the sector declining to seek a loan or overdraft during the previous 12 months.

It is understood now that the UK banks are likely to position themselves away from the collective drive to grow SME lending to concentrate on their own tailored offerings and individual campaigns.

Santander, a participant in the taskforce, has this week appointed an external PR agency on a new brief to launch its SME programme and support it for the next two years.

Eulogy will handle a national and media relations campaign to grow awareness of Santander’s Breakthrough SME investment fund, designed to plough £200m into growing UK businesses.

The agency, which picked up the work following a competitive pitch, will also handle publicity around Santander’s new Social Enterprise Development Awards, which reward firms that regenerate their local communities.

It is understood that Barclays also has a business banking brief out to pitch, as the six UK banks all look to increase their lending to UK business as part of the commitment they made by signing up to the Government’s Project Merlin scheme.

Meanwhile, it is understood the banks are to meet in the coming weeks to discuss the future plans and PR requirements of the collective Business Finance Taskforce.

Portland picked up a £200,000 six-month contract via the BBA in February, funded by the banks. That contract was subsequently extended and Portland remains engaged on work for the Taskforce, but the final event of the Better Business Finance roadshow campaign was in Norwich on Tuesday.

A Portland source said: ‘We continue to enjoy working with the BBA and the Taskforce banks in promoting their support for SMEs. We are currently working with them to develop their plans for 2012.’

It is believed that any PR or public affairs support the Taskforce requires in 2012 would be on a significantly reduced budget. It is also thought that a requirement for further agency support would result in a likely pitch process, given the significantly different nature of the brief.

Source: Alec Mattinson, prweek.com, 29 November 2011, 6:15pm

Hill & Knowlton has rebranded to become Hill+Knowlton Strategies a year after merging with US lobbying agency Public Strategies.

Jack Martin: global CEO

Jack Martin: global CEO

The WPP-owned agency said in a statement that the name ‘reflects a renewed emphasis on strategic communications advice that ensures a client’s business imperatives are achieved’.

Jack Martin, global chairman and chief executive officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, commented: ‘The new brand points to a shifting market for our clients, one with an explosion of information and a revolution in the ability of almost everyone to find that information. This democratisation of information is fundamentally changing the way they do business.’

Martin founded Public Strategies and became executive chairman of the joint agency following the November 2010 merger. He took on the global CEO role in January after the departure of Paul Taaffe.

One former senior H&K executive said at the time that the merger was in effect ‘a reverse takeover’, handing control of H&K to the top executives at Public Strategies.

The rebranding and new name take effect this week. The company currently has 85 offices in 46 countries around the globe.

Source: Alec Mattinso, prweek.com, 01 December 2011, 5:30pm

The Little Greek Pie

The Little Greek Pie Company is serving authentic pies from the Epirus region of mountainous Northern Greece… They have a choice of four pie fillings each day, anything from salmon, spinach and ricotta to aubergine, spicy beef and halloumi.

Try as well the fantastic coffee, available to drink in or take-away, and a range of Greek snacks (try the legendary village salad), from fresh salads, to proper yogurt and honey. Moreover, you can find a range of Greek groceries, from extra virgin olive oil and pots of honey, to Greek chocolate, sesame seed bars and unusual treats such as mastiha.

History

Established in 2011

Little would Zoe Kleftakis realise that her passion for cooking was one of the greatest legacies she left her children. That passion led her son, Angelo, to develop her favourite traditional recipes, and sharing her talent for pie making with London (and hopefully, eventually, the world!)

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BLURRING VISION Paintings by Ireneo Frizzarin

Private View Thursday 17th November 2011 Photos…

Thursday night around 6pm we made our way down to Cornflake gallery for Ireneo’s BLURRING VISION Paintings exhibition… nice atmosphere, glam people and great cocktails…

Ireneo’s work is visionary journey….

Don’t miss it…

Exhibition will be opening Saturday 19th & Sun 20th November 2011 from 11am to 5pm
Venue Address: Cornflake Gallery, 37 Windmill Street W1T 2JU, London


Ireneo Frizzarin

….a modern artist

Ireneo’s latests work mixes abstract and figurative painting and photography. He use images of his close family in their youth from old photograph albums and use them as though they are strangers, to simulate a detachment because he remembers them and know them as adults. The artist also frequently uses religious images which reflect my Catholic upbringing in the Italian countryside.

But no matter what base image he use, the technique is always similar. First lay down a very thick layer of varnish and then draw over it with a very chaotic movement of marks in different media.Ireneo’s do this to try and evoke and question powerful central parameters of human existence such as life span, identity, body and death. The artist afraid of the velocity of time; confusion often disturbs his practice, and he tries to catch a moment in time to imprint it onto a painting or an image to keep that moment alive forever. But of course the painting is not alive; it is dead and only the viewer makes it alive in a new moment, creating a new cycle of life, memory and, ultimately, death.

 Exhibition Details:

Private View Thursday 17th November 2011, 6 – 9pm r.s.v.p:  cornflakegallery@gmail.com

Exhibition will be opening Saturday 19th & Sun 20th November 2011 from 11am to 5pm

Venue Address:
Cornflake Gallery
37 Windmill Street W1T 2JU
London, United Kingdom

www.ireneofrizzarin.com

www.cornflake.co.uk

Sponsored by :

www.dash-event.com & www.ciroc.com

Cocktail reception created by Cîroc vodka

About the Artist…

Frizzarin’s latest work mixes abstract and figurative painting and photography.He uses images of his close family in their youth from old photograph albums as his starting point and treats these images as though they were of strangers, simulating a detachment because he remembers and knows them as adults. He also frequently uses religious imagery, reflecting his Catholic upbringing in the Italian countryside. But no matter what base image he uses, the technique is always similar. First a very thick layer of varnish is laid down and then drawn over with a vigorous, chaotic movement of marks.

This process evokes and questions the powerful central parameters of human existence; life span, identity, the body and death. The work attempts to catch a moment in time by imprinting it onto a painting to keep that moment alive forever. But of course the painting is not alive; it is dead and only the viewer makes it alive in a new moment, creating a new cycle of life, memory and, ultimately, death. Frizzarin has been commissioned by DKNY and private clients since he left college in 2008.

More info:

http://www.ireneofrizzarin.com/