The Sun joins scrap beer duty escalator fight

By Gurjit Degun

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The Sun joins scrap beer duty escalator fight
National newspaper The Sun has joined the campaign the scrap the beer duty escalator.

It comes a day after consumer organisation the TaxPayers’ Alliance launched its campaign Mash Beer Tax.

In a statement, The Sun said: “We want chancellor George Osborne to freeze it in next month’s Budget.

“To well-paid MPs drinking subsidised Champagne in Westminster bars the price of a pint may seem like small beer, but to ordinary working people it matters.

“The freeze would cost Mr Osborne less than £10m – a tiny sum compared to our successful demand last year to abolish fuel duty rises.

“It is also crucial to Britain’s pub industry – already ravaged by price hikes and the smoking ban – and the hundreds of thousands whose livelihoods depend on it.”

Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman, welcomed the move. “Once again The Sun has its finger on the pulse,” he said. “A pub is the centre of many communities and so many have shut down.

“We don’t mind paying taxes but Britons pay 40% of the excise duty for the whole of Europe. We wholeheartedly back The Sun’s campaign.”

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