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Beer Duty / Employment / 14 March 2012

Unemployment – Government should abandon beer tax hikes, or more jobs will be lost in brewing and pubs, says BBPA

Commenting on today’s rise in unemployment and the record high for young people, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“These depressing figures show that more than ever, the Government should abandon plans for hugely damaging hikes in Beer Tax in the Budget, which will hit jobs for younger people particularly hard.

“Beer and pubs are one of our largest employers, with almost one million jobs at stake. For young people, the sector is a huge source of employment, with 300,000 jobs – that’s one in twelve of all young people in work.

“The Government could protect 16,000 jobs with a tax freeze – most of these in pubs. Tax rises that destroy jobs and close pubs are the last thing the economy needs.”

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