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British Beer Alliance call for cuts in beer tax

Beer tax

Through their Long Live the Local campaign, British Beer Alliance (BBA) are calling for a reduction in the Beer Duty charged across England, Scotland and Wales.

Launched on their website, the campaign asks for supporters to sign a petition to ask the Government to cut beer tax, and write to their local MP to encourage their support. Campaigners state that one in every three pounds spent in British pubs goes to the taxman, adding up to £3.5 billion every year. This rate is three times the EU average.

Using the hashtag #longlivethelocal, the campaign aims to encourage the public to show support for their local pub across social media platforms. According to BBA, who are backing the campaign, the pub industry supports nearly 900,000 jobs in Britain and 44% of those jobs are held by 16-24-year-olds.

Campaigners explain: “The industry needs a cut in Beer Duty, but the government is planning an increase. Beer Duty is now linked to RPI and that means it’s likely that Beer Duty will increase by at least 3% at the next Budget and every year for the foreseeable future.

“The last time Beer Duty increased year on year was between 2008 and 2013 when the government put a Beer Duty escalator in place. The impact on the beer and pub sector was catastrophic, within 5 years there was a 24% decline in beer sales, 5,000 pubs closed and 58,000 people lost their jobs.

“So now we need to fight.”

Get involved:

Pub landlords can request a Landlord Pack, including 800 beer mats, 20 posters, 20 tent cards and 2 window stickers, to show their support for the campaign.

Sign the petition here.

Tweet the hashtag #longlivethelocal

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