UK cigarette price to rise from 6pm tonight after Rishi Sunak’s 2021 Budget

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Bad news for Britain's smokers – cigarettes are about to get a lot more expensive, and sooner than you think.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed in his 2021 Budget on Thursday that a tobacco tax hike is to go head, seeing the cost of a 20-pack of cigarettes rise by 88p.

That means costs will soar up to a mammoth £13.60 – and it's happening today.

Tobacco duties tend to rise in the Budget – and often do so at 6pm on the same day to avoid bulk buying.

The last rise in November 2020 put 22p on a pack of 20 cigarettes and 65p on a 30g pack of hand-rolling tobacco.

Tobacco duties rise using an "escalator", which last time was 2% above RPI inflation (or 4-6%for rolling tobacco).

And booze loving Brits have also got some bad news, with the price of pints set to soar by 30p.

Landlords have warned that they will be forced to up the prices for a pint after the chancellor boosted wages in Wednesday's budget.

It comes after he announced that the lowest paid will see their wage go up by 6.6% from £8.91 to £9.50 an hour – which should add on an average of around £1000 before tax to the annual pay of a full-time worker.

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Strong booze will also be hit with increased duty, Mr Sunak outlined in his 2021 Budget.

The Chancellor blasted the alcohol duty system as "outdated" and announced a five step plan to change it which is based on how much alcohol is in a drink.

It is bad news for sprit lovers as Mr Sunak simply outlined: "The stronger the drink, the higher the rate."

During the UK government's second Budget of the year announcement on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Sunak promised that it will bring "growth up, jobs up and debt down".

As the price for a whisky or vodka shoots up, lower strength booze will be cheaper which will make for happy reading for anyone who prefers a lighter tipple at their local.

  • Money
  • The Budget

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