Beer Duty

CAMRA calls for beer duty freeze ahead of Autumn Statement

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CAMRA demands: the group wants a freeze on beer duty in the Autumn Statement
CAMRA demands: the group wants a freeze on beer duty in the Autumn Statement

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is urging the Government to maintain its beer duty freeze in the upcoming Autumn Statement – and to impose an additional cut in next year’s Budget.

Continuing 'uncertain economic times' have prompted the organisation's appeal along with the effects of the beer duty escalator between 2008 and 2013 when thousands of pubs closed. 

CAMRA said that with pub closures rate at 21 per week, and the off-trade overtaking on-trade beer sales for the first time last year, further measures were still needed to protect the pub sector.

Chairman's views

CAMRA national chairman Colin Valentine said: “UK pubs and breweries are facing a great deal of uncertainty in these times of economic uncertainty. Pubs in particular are facing significant cost burdens, including business rates, pension auto enrolment and increases to the national living wage.

"Coupled with UK beer drinkers paying significantly higher duty on their pint than other leading beer-drinking nations, at 52.2p on the pint, we are seeing a significant shift from people drinking in pubs to people drinking at home.”
 
“Pubs provide a safe, social environment to consume alcohol and, in many cases, act as the hub to the local community. They can have a huge impact on a person’s wellbeing and can help individuals make friends and build networks. Their continued existence, and the valued role that they play in society, should remain a priority for this Government.”
 
CAMRA is also calling for a fairer deal for pubs on business rates. 

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