Beer Duty / 07 February 2014

New figures published today for every Parliamentary constituency and local authority area show vital role of beer and pubs

  • New report shows beer and pub jobs in every Parliamentary constituency and every local authority area
  • Highlights employment by age and type, and huge positive impact on the local economy
  • Freeze beer duty to protect jobs and boost investment, says British Beer & Pub Association

The results of a huge new survey have been released today, which show the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy of Britain’s brewing and pub trade at a local level – with updated unique information for every Parliamentary constituency and local authority area in Britain.

The figures form a comprehensive study by economic experts Oxford Economics for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), and show the vital role the industry plays. Nationally, the report reveals that an astonishing 900,000 jobs depend on British beer and pubs – and almost half (44%) are younger workers aged 16-24, who need these vital jobs the most. This information is available for every local area in Britain.

The BBPA says that with so many local jobs depending on the trade in every community in Britain, the Government should freeze Beer Duty in the upcoming Budget.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds OBE comments:

“Beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people. Last year’s duty cut made a real difference, saving jobs across the country, boosting investment and increasing confidence. Yet, so much of this good work will be undone if beer duty rises again. We need a duty freeze in the Budget, and I hope all MPs will make the case for beer, pubs and jobs, and support Early Day Motion 892 in Parliament.”

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