The FWD has called on the government to prioritise alcohol fraud in next month's Budget.

In a submission to the Treasury, the FWD said alcohol fraud cost the public purse more than £1bn a year as well as threatening the business of legitimate traders. It warned that an increase on alcohol duty could act as an incentive to the fraudsters that trade in non-duty-paid goods.

Following last week's Treasury admission that more than a fifth of money paid out in duty drawback was fraudulently claimed, the FWD also repeated its call for the government to review the system.