A General Election has been called for the 12th of December 2019. The BBPA have produced a brief manifesto which sets out how candidates running for election can back beer and pubs. Below is a very short summary of the issues that what we want to see candidates consider, the full manifesto can be downloaded here. If you would like further information our full manifesto briefing document is available here.
Below is a short video which summarises the key ways in which candidates can back brewing and pubs.
The UK has the third highest rate of beer duty in Europe. Its eleven times higher here than in Germany for example. Across the EU we pay 40% of all the beer duty, but drink just 12% of the beer! A modest cut in duty would keep beer prices affordable and stimulate investment in the sector.
Pubs are at the heart of communities up and down the country. In many villages, towns and cities across the UK the pub will act not only as a place to eat and drink, but also as the post office, the library, the local shop and any number of other local amenities. Moreover pubs are a vital part of the UK’s tourism offer, with pubs regularly featuring on the list of tourists’ top three things to do when they visit the UK.
Current regulations mean that beer products containing very low levels of alcohol, 0.5% for example (a level of alcohol that you can find in a banana for example), cannot be marketed as “alcohol free” but such products imported from other European markets can be marketed as such. Moreover, currently beer that is 2.8% or lower currently attracts a lower rate of beer tax, but a small change in this, increasing the threshold to 3.5% for example, would give brewers much more flexibility when brewing and yet is still a very low strength drink. A change in the regulations here would create a more level playing field and enable our brilliant brewers to innovate even further.