DRINKERS are demanding a beer duty cut in the Chancellor’s upcoming Budget — to help keep pubs open.
More than 120,000 have signed a petition by the Long Live the Local campaign to cut tax which is planned to rise between 2p and 4p.
Drinkers are demanding a beer duty cut in the Chancellor’s upcoming Budget — to help keep pubs open[/caption]
Without a cut or freeze by Chancellor Sajid Javid, duty will go up in line with inflation.
Campaigners say Brits travelling abroad pay far less.
Tourists in Spain fancying a pint pay just 5p in duty.
It’s 10p in Portugal and 19p in France.
In the UK it is 54.2p.
Only Finland, at 81p, and Ireland, at 57p, pay more.
The Long Live the Local campaign wants Chancellor Sajid Javid to cut or freeze the duty on booze[/caption]
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David Cunningham, of the Long Live the Local Campaign, said duty had risen 60 per cent in the last 18 years. He said: “With seven in ten alcoholic drinks served in pubs being a beer, this puts pressure on price and margin.”
Brigid Simmonds, of The British Beer & Pub Association, said an increase would be “another nail in the coffin for UK pubs”.
HM Treasury said: “We have cut or frozen beer duty at six of the last seven Budgets.”