Osborne ignores warnings on alcohol

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File photo dated 29/01/09 of a person drinking a bottle of beer. George Osborne will make a pitch to ordinary working people today when he delivers his penultimate Budget before the general election.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 19, 2014. See PA BUDGET stories. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/01/09 of a person drinking a bottle of beer. George Osborne will make a pitch to ordinary working people today when he delivers his penultimate Budget before the general election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 19, 2014. See PA BUDGET stories. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Chancellor George Osborne has ignored advice from leading medics by abandoning above-inflation tax duties on alcohol.

Mr Osborne announced plans to scrap the alcohol duty escalator - despite warnings from health experts in the run-up to the Budget.