Trade groups push for 2016 Budget beer duty freeze

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

15 January 2016

Trade groups have joined together ahead of the 2016 Budget, to urge politicians to support a new Parliamentary motion calling for a 1p cut in beer duty.

Tabled by Nigel Evans MP, Early Day Motion 919 claims that 19,000 jobs have been generated by three successive cuts in duty, alongside £1bn in investment. Supporters of the motion – the BBPA, SIBA and CAMRA – claim it already has the support of 24 MPs from five different parties in Parliament.

This year’s budget is due to take place on 16 March.

Brigid Simmonds, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive, said: '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 the Society of Independent Brewers (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 of CAMRA, added: '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 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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