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Get involved and keep up to date with our new Call Time On Duty section

Published:  17 February, 2014

As the momentum behind the industry's Call Time on Duty campaign increases has created a dedicated area of the site where you can keep up to date with the latest news and views and take part by lobbying your MP or getting producers and suppliers to write directly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The campaign, which has been orchestrated by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, Scotch Whisky Association and TaxPayers Alliance, hopes to persuade the Chancellor, George Osborne, to follow his actions on beer in last year's Budget by stopping the duty escalator on wine and spirits in the 2014 Budget.

Over the last few months the Call Time on Duty campaign has been urging all members of the UK wine and spirits trade to send a letter to their local MP outlining the commercial, employment and political reasons for ending the duty escalator.

In particular it is outlining to MPs the results of independent research by Ernst & Young that reveal ending the duty escalator would create 6,000 jobs and raise £230m extra funds for the Treasury.

Harpers has also teamed up with the WSTA to give overseas producers and suppliers of wine and spirits the chance to voice their concerns about the duty regime in the UK and how uncompetitive it is making the UK drinks industry compared to other markets around the world.

Together we have produced a letter that producers can send to the Chancellor outlining their concerns.

So to keep up to date and review all aspects of the Call Time On Duty campaign then please go to our dedicated page in the CAMPAIGNS section of the site or by clicking here.