Beer duty escalator petition finally crosses the finish line

By Rob Willock

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Related tags: Duty escalator, Beer

Willock: "The hard work starts now"
Willock: "The hard work starts now"
Phew — we’re finally there (or thereabouts)! Getting 100,000 signatures on the petition against the alcohol duty escalator was somewhat harder than we thought it would be when Marston’s Wychwood brewery first pitched the idea to us at the start of the year.

Surely — once they knew what was at stake — tens of thousands of beer lovers would immediately log on to the Government’s e-petition website and add their names to the campaign, we agreed.

It took more time and effort than that in the end: 31 weeks and the participation of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and various industry trade bodies to get us across the line.

We shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much. We made it to the magic milestone eventually, guaranteeing us a debate in Parliament about the hated duty escalator. And that is a milestone few petitions achieve. Since the Government’s e-petitions website launched, only 11 lobbying groups have reached the 100,000-signature threshold.

But neither should we rest on our laurels. Those in the know suggest that the hard work starts now, and that unless we maintain the pressure on ministers, they will simply mouth a few choice words about the importance of pubs to their communities and sweep the matter under the carpet.

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