Alcohol policy / Beer Duty / Brewing / General / 15 January 2016

Budget 2016 – Trade bodies urge MPs to back Beer Duty cut and sign Early Day Motion 919

The chief executives of the campaign coalition calling for a cut in beer duty this year (CAMRA, SIBA, and the BBPA), have written jointly to Members of Parliament this week, urging them to support a new Parliamentary motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the Budget on 16th March.

Early Day Motion 919 has been tabled by Nigel Evans MP, and already has the support of 24 MPs from five different parties in Parliament. Similar calls in previous years have been amongst the most heavily supported by MPs, hugely boosting the successful campaign for lower taxes on beer.

The EDM highlights the 19,000 boost in employment generated by three, one penny duty cuts in the Chancellor’s last three Budgets, as well as £1 billion in investment. Further cuts would secure jobs and lower the cost of living, the EDM says.

The BBPA, SIBA and CAMRA have also sent MPs a new edition of “The Beer Story – Facts on tap”, which highlights the key reasons why the industry needs further duty cuts in the Budget.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“Strong support from MPs always gives a real boost to our campaign – we have built a very strong case for further duty cuts to boost employment and protect pubs, as the industry still faces big pressures. I hope MPs will support EDM 919 this year.”

Mike Benner, Managing Director of SIBA, said:

“Three consecutive duty cuts have led to increased investment across the independent brewing sector creating new jobs and providing support for important local small businesses across the country. I hope the Chancellor will continue to drive this much needed momentum with a further duty cut in March.”

Tim Page, Chief Executive, CAMRA, comments:

“The ending of the beer duty escalator and three consecutive beer duty cuts have kept pubs open and kept the price of a pub pint down. The Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) calculated that these changes have saved more than 1,000 pubs from closure benefiting pub goers and communities throughout the UK. Britain’s 15 million regular pub goers will be hoping for a fourth beer duty cut in March’s Budget.”

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