Beer Duty Escalator

Numbers drop: almost 88m fewer pints were sold across the on-trade in 2017

Biggest slump in pub beer sales since 2013

By Nikkie Sutton

Volume sales of beer in pubs and bars fell by 2.4% in 2017, equating to almost 88m fewer pints sold in pubs than the previous year, new figures have revealed.

Political fortunes: MP Andrew Griffiths (left) receives his award from Brandon Lewis MP

APPBG names its esteemed Beer Drinker of the Year

By Fred A'Court

An MP who has done much to change the political fortunes of beer for the better has been named Beer Drinker of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG).

Story: Simmonds said the report showed the duty drop in 2013 was 'more than a gimmick'

Beer duty

BBPA release ‘The Story of Beer Duty’

By Nikkie Sutton

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published a report detailing how abolishing the beer duty escalator helped the pub and beer sector.

Trade associations praise departing Beer Group chair Griffiths


Trade associations praise departing Beer Group chair Griffiths

By James Evison

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Association of Multiple Retailers (ALMR) have praised the outgoing chair of the All-Parliamentary Beer Group chairman, Andrew Griffiths.

A graph illustrating the rate of closures of pubs in the UK

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A fifth of pubs lost in a decade of closures

By Oli Gross

Pressure on Government to cut beer duty has intensified after revelations that a fifth of pubs have been lost in the past decade and beer sales continued to fall last year.

Mike Benner: 'The two consecutive cuts in beer duty have had a positive impact on independent British brewing'


Third duty cut will grow brewing sector says SIBA

By James Wallin, M&C Report

A third cut to beer duty will enable the continued growth in beer production, fuel sales growth, encourage investment and boost employment the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) has argued.

Beer duty escalator is a 'distant - but very much not forgotten - memory'


The Government has a duty to assist

By Ashley McCarthy

With the pub industry eagerly awaiting the 2015 Budget (18 March), are we going to get another ‘smooth’ ride?

Vote pullers? (From left) Labour's Ed Miliband, Lib Dem's Nick Clegg, the Tories' David Cameron & UKIP's Nigel Farage

Pete Brown: Pulling pints pulls in votes

By Pete Brown

With a general election looming, beer writer Pete Brown looks at how politicians have always tried to show they are in touch with the common man by being seen supping from a pint pot.

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After the Budget: the forward march of temperance halted?

By Phil Mellows

I resisted the urge before the Budget to make a call on whether the chancellor would cancel the duty escalator for all alcohol. When he did it for beer last year it was a huge surprise, and despite what I said at the time I thought it might be tougher...

BBPA beer duty freeze

BBPA calls for support for beer duty freeze in Budget

By Michelle Perrett

The chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Brigid Simmonds has written to MPs urging them to support a Parliamentary motion calling for a freeze in beer duty in the Budget on 20 March.

Beer sales dropped again in the last three months of 2012

The Treasury is killing the pub trade golden goose

By Publican Sam

So beer consumption is down yet again, with the BBPA reporting that 138 million less pints were consumed in the last quarter of 2012 than the same period in 2011. Pub trade consultant Publican Sam considers the implications.

Picture Gallery: CAMRA Mass Lobby on Beer Duty

Picture Gallery: CAMRA Mass Lobby on Beer Duty

Yesterday saw 1,200 CAMRA members descend on Westminster to lobby their MP about reviewing the beer duty escalator. The PMA has put together a photo gallery of the day's events.