Government reconsidering beer duty freeze

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In what would represent a potentially damaging u-turn on policy, the government is considering scrapping the beer duty freeze it introduced only last year.

It has been reported that the Treasury is looking to free up £200m from raising the duty on beer as it looks to find alternative means to finance further spending plans.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, has however warned that doing so would cause a great deal of harm to the £23bn industry, that already pays 40 percent of all beer tax in Europe, despite only being accountable for 12 percent of consumption.

“Consumers will vote with their feet and more pubs will close. Our message must be, if you care about local communities, international investment and the Great British pub, don’t raise duty on beer,” she said.

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