Beer Duty / 14 March 2016

Budget 2016 - leading brewers and pub operators join forces in joint letter to The Times urging fourth cut in beer duty

With the Budget just days away, 36 BBPA members have signed a joint letter to The Times, which featured top-of-the page on the letters page on Saturday.

Headed “beer duty and jobs” the letter calls for a fourth cut in beer duty in the Budget on Wednesday, to boost investment and protect jobs.

The letter reads:

“Three successive beer duty cuts have boosted investment and confidence in an industry that supports nearly 900,000 jobs throughout the UK. Brewers and pub operators will invest around £1 billion this year, yet beer duty is still 37 per cent higher than in 2008. The UK tax rate is still an astonishing 13 times higher than in the largest European beer market, Germany, and three times higher than the EU average.

“More jobs, and an end to the steep decline in beer sales, mean that a cut in duty would cost very little in overall terms. It would also a popular measure with voters, who want an affordable pub pint and rightly value the role that pubs play in their communities.

“We hope the Chancellor continues his investment in our brewing industry, our pubs, and our local communities, with a further penny off a pint in the Budget.”

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