NOffLA welcomes government decision to not increase excise duty on alcohol

NOffLA chairperson Evelyn Jones said: "We are still operating in a challenging economic climate but today’s announcement will serve to provide a degree of reassurance to small business owners all over Ireland.”
NOffLA has appointed Evelyn Jones as its Government Affairs director

Association welcomes decision not to increase excise duty on alcohol but says economic difficulties of independent off-licences will remain, as Budget 2015 sees no reversal of Budget 2013 and 2014 increases

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The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) today welcomed the government’s decision to not increase excise duty on alcohol, a move which will offer some relief to the difficulties currently being faced by the independent off-licence industry in Ireland.

Commenting on today’s announcement Evelyn Jones, NOffLA chairperson said: “NOffLA welcomes the government’s decision to support the independent off-licence sector and the 5,800 people employed in the industry by not increasing excise on alcohol. We are still operating in a challenging economic climate but today’s announcement will serve to provide a degree of reassurance to small business owners all over Ireland.”

“Since 2008, 544 off-licences have closed or lapsed with the loss of 3,000 jobs across the industry. While today’s announcement is very positive we will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders to represent the interests of our members, independent business owners embedded in communities across the country.”

“NOffLA members are committed to the responsible retailing of alcohol and as trained experts, deliver the highest levels of customer service. Our RTC Training Programme ensures we are positioned to advise customers on the purchase and consumption of alcohol with authority.”

“We believe the government has an opportunity going forward to further strengthen the SME sector, bring stability to communities and address important public health concerns through the introduction of a ban on the below cost selling of alcohol. The availability of cheap alcohol as a means to drive footfall in multiples encourages irresponsible retailing and is a threat to the broader community through alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, such a ban would save the exchequer €24 million per annum.”

“We are also calling on the government to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol to discourage deep discounting and promote responsible retailing. As part of this activity, we will continue to work for the introduction of mandatory accredited industry training as well as the requirement of everyone, regardless of age, to produce identification when purchasing alcohol.”

 

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