viernes, 26 de septiembre de 2014 – 23 de septiembre de 2014 – UK

UK tobacco firms protest at Labour plan to tax them more to pay for NHS

Britain’s tobacco industry reacted with fury to the plan by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, to tax British cigarette companies to pay for NHS spending, branding the move anti-business and unjust.

Imperial Tobacco, the company behind brands including Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia, said Labour plans to raise at least £150m by taxing companies according to market share amounted to an attack on a legitimate business sector.

A spokesman for the company said: “The idea ... is totally unwarranted and unjust, and should be dismissed immediately.

Imperial is already one of the largest contributors of tax to the UK government in the FTSE 100, contributing billions of pounds in tax and excise every year. The UK tobacco industry is subject to a punitively high rate of excise, meaning the average total tax take on a pack of cigarettes is 86%.

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