BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has expressed her views on a recent survey from YouGov for CAMRA which shows the public’s concerns over beer duty.
The research, carried out by YouGov has found that 55% of people who expressed an opinion believe beer duty is too high at 54p per pint.
Commenting on the survey from YouGov for CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), Brigid Simmonds, said: “This YouGov survey shows there is widespread public concern over the sky-high rates of tax on British beer.
“This is totally understandable – beer tax rates are three times the EU average, five times higher than in Belgium, and an astonishing 11 times higher than in Germany.
“Further increases, including inflation-based rises, are unsustainable if we want to protect Britain’s brewers and pubs. Action is needed from the Chancellor in the Autumn Budget.”
In a press release, CAMRA stated it is urging the Government to turn back the clock and freeze beer duty once again following its latest research.
Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman said: “Pubs are a huge part of many people’s lives. If people can’t afford to visit their local, we will see even more pubs close their doors forever – hurting jobs, the local economy and the community. We urgently need to ease the tax burden on our pubs in order to ensure that pub-going remains an affordable activity for the majority of Brits.”
To read the full CAMRA release, visit: www.camra.org.uk