Though not in the Chancellor's Budget speech, the full Budget document stated:
The government is committed to supporting small cider makers given their important role in rural communities. The government will retain the current duty exemption until and unless a replacement scheme is established.
Earlier this year the European Union called for the UK's small cider producer duty exemption to be withdrawn. This prompted a campaign by CAMRA that led to a 26,000-signature petition being handed in to 10 Downing Street last month.
Chair of CAMRA's APPLE Committee Andrea Briers said: "This is excellent news for real cider drinkers and small producers alike. CAMRA is delighted with the Government's commitment and will now be working hard to ensure that they can keep the promise with a legal exemption in the EU Directive."