Beer Tax

Darling: increased duty yet again

Beer duty up 5%, cider up 13%

By Ewan Turney

Beer duty will increase by a further 5% — adding 8p a pint at the pumps — as the Chancellor delivered yet another dagger to the heart of the pub trade.

4.3m fewer pints were drunk in pubs

BBPA: cut beer tax to save pubs

By Ewan Turney

The Government needs to cut beer tax when VAT returns to its normal level next year or face the prospect of more pubs closing. The Government missed out on £174m worth of revenue from beer duty in first nine months of year.

Axe the Tax: ramping up pressure on Chancellor Alistair Darling

90% of public want axe on beer tax

By Ewan Turney

A whopping 90% of the population believe that beer tax should be frozen of reduced at this week's Budget, according to a new poll. The poll of 1,007...

MP Nigel Evans (R) hands in petition to No 10

Axe the Tax: 48 hours to save the pub

By Ewan Turney

The beer and pub industry has warned the Chancellor there are just 48 hours to save the pub trade. Industry figures, MPs and celebrities including...

Axe the Tax: six out of ten MPs against rise

Majority of MPs against beer tax hikes

By Ewan Turney

Almost six out of ten MPs are against plans to increase beer duty in next week's Budget. A ComRes poll showed that 59% opposed Chancellor Alistair...

Axe the Tax: 202 MPs on board

Labour MPs unite against beer duty hikes

By Ewan Turney

Over 200 MPs have now called for the Government to scrap its planned duty hike on beer at the Budget — including 97 Labour backbenchers.