Majority of Brits think pint price ‘unaffordable’

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Rising costs: the fact more than half of Brits think the price of a pint is unaffordable is a cause for concern, according to CAMRA chair Nik Antona (image: Getty/john shepherd)
Rising costs: the fact more than half of Brits think the price of a pint is unaffordable is a cause for concern, according to CAMRA chair Nik Antona (image: Getty/john shepherd)

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More than half (52%) of YouGov survey respondents have said the cost of a pint of beer is now unaffordable.

This has increased from 42% in 2019, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which commissioned the survey.

The research comes as pubs across the nation face rising costs, rocketing energy bills and a drop in consumer spending.

It has prompted the consumer organisation to repeat its plea to the Government to act now to save pubs.

Group calls

CAMRA is urging for a new, lower rate of tax of draught beer apply to containers of 20 litres and above so all pubs and small brewers can benefit.

It also called for an energy price cap for hospitality firms, to help tackle hikes in bills as well as a cut VAT cut on food and drink served in pubs, clubs and restaurants in a bid to boost consumer confidence.

Furthermore, CAMRA has also urged the Government to reform the pubs code​ for England and Wales, to aid more tenancies under the protections of the code and give more tenants the right to buy beer on the open market at a competitive price.

It went on to ask the new Prime Minister to use the upcoming Budget to prioritise introducing the new alcohol taxation system​ as soon as possible – specifically the preferential rate of duty on draught beer and cider served in pubs, which could result in a lower tax rate on drinks in licensed venues.

Cause for concern

This could help the on-trade compete with supermarket alcohol, according to the consumer group.

CAMRA chair Nik Antona said: “The news half of people think the average price of a pint is unaffordable is a cause for concern for the future of the great British pub.

“Businesses that have survived the pandemic are now being threatened again by inflation and spiralling energy costs – just as consumers are dealing with the cost-of-living crisis and reigning in their spending.

“As well as encouraging everyone to continue to support pubs, social clubs and taprooms, CAMRA is calling on Governments across the UK to urgently take action to safeguard the future of the UK’s beloved locals.”

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