Axe the Tax starts seven-day pre-Budget blitz

By Ewan Turney

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Axe the Tax: campaign against beer duty hikes
Axe the Tax: campaign against beer duty hikes
Trade leaders will set out the case for a freeze in beer duty at the Budget at a Westminster briefing tomorrow. The British Beer and Pub Association...

Trade leaders will set out the case for a freeze in beer duty at the Budget at a Westminster briefing tomorrow.

The British Beer and Pub Association and the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) will kick-off its seven-day Axe the Tax blitz before the Budget by revealing the results of an opinion poll of MPs attitudes towards increasing tax on beer.

Speaking at the event will be:

• Jonathan Neame, chief executive, Shepherd Neame.

• Mike Benner, chief executive, Camra.

• Dr Richard Muir, senior research fellow, IPPR, and author of "Pubs and Places: The Social Value of Community Pubs".

• Andrew Hawkins, chief executive, ComRes.

The Axe the Tax campaign claims that since the Government imposed an 18% increase in beer tax last year, more than 2,000 pubs have closed with the loss of 20,000 jobs. Independent research has shown that 75,000 further jobs are threatened by Government tax increases.

More than 70,000 members of the public have joined the massive grassroots-based "Axe the Beer Tax, Save the Pub" campaign organised by pubs and beer consumers and 25,000 people have lobbied their MP since November.

As a result, over 202 MPs, from all political parties, have signed a parliamentary motion supporting the campaign.

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