Over 200,000 beer duty themed beer mats have been distributed to pubs across the country, as the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the TaxPayers’ Alliance ramp up their campaign for a duty freeze.
Key pubs near the Houses of Parliament have been a particular target for the beer mats.
The mats direct consumers to the BBPA’s campaign website, cutbeertax.co.uk, where users can make use of a tool to write to their MP on the issue ahead of the upcoming budget on 22 November.
‘I want to thank BBPA members and the 2,000 pubs that are joining the Cut Beer Tax campaign, by highlighting to customers the dangers of another beer tax rise, on top of the 39% increase we have seen over the past 10 years,’ BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said.
‘Let’s encourage beer drinkers to write to their MP voicing their concern about yet another, planned tax rise in the Budget on 22 November.’
John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, added: ‘UK beer duty is already three times the EU average. We’ve already had a 4% rise this year, and with current economic uncertainty, pubs, their workforce, and their customers simply can’t afford another tax increase.’