Beer Duty / 02 March 2015

Budget 2015 - new poll for BBPA shows 71 per cent want more action on beer duty

Britons are urging the Government to take more action to tackle high beer taxes in the Budget.

A new YouGov poll for the British Beer & Pub Association shows that 71 per cent support a third, historic, freeze or cut in beer duty on 18th March.

The survey also reveals that one in six put off going to the pub before payday because they feel they cannot afford it. The figures were higher in the north of England and Scotland.

The survey also revealed that 50 per cent of voters want to see lower taxes to help pubs, and 82 per cent want to freeze or cut taxes on pubs.

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said the poll showed there was a need to cut beer tax for a third time, after years of tax rises which saw beer duty rise by 42 per cent from 2008-13 under the previous ‘escalator’ policy.

“It is going to take more duty cuts to undo the damage done to the nation’s brewers, pubs and beer drinkers,” he said.

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