Pub closures reach 2,000 since 2008 Budget

By Becky Paskin

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Pub closures reach 2,000 since 2008 Budget
A record 2,000 pubs have closed since Chancellor Alistair Darling increased beer tax in the 2008 Budget, taking with them 20,000 industry jobs

The shocking figures released by the British Beer and Pub Association​ (BBPA) come on the day five senior ministers are to be cross-examined​ by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group at Westminster.

The group, lead by chairman John Grogan, is opposed to the ‘escalator​’ drinks tax to be implemented by the Chancellor in next month’s Budget, which will increase beer tax by two per cent above the rate of inflation for the next four years.

Rob Hayward, chief executive of the BBPA, urged the Government to abandon the beer tax inflation, and stop any further increases in excise duty.

“There was understandable political concern about the recent 850 job losses at Mini, but the pub sector is losing nearly twice as many jobs every month,” he said. “The beer and pub industry is not looking for a handout, just hands off any further tax or regulation increases.

“We are also asking them to abandon the Mandatory Code​ in the Police and Crime Bill, which Government say will cost the industry an extra £300 million this year alone and lead to further job losses and pub closures.”

A recent poll by Com Res found 70 per cent of people were opposed to further beer tax inflation, which, according to Oxford Economics​, could cost the industry a further 75,000 job losses.

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