Football fans and beer drinkers team up to stop World Cup beer tax hike

By Chris Druce

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: World cup, Fifa world cup, Bbpa

Pubs face a beer tax hike during the World Cup
Pubs face a beer tax hike during the World Cup
Football fans and beer drinkers have teamed up to defeat plans to increase beer tax, ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup today

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) claimed today that beer duty rates have increased by 1,000 per cent since England won the World Cup in 1966.

This has seen duty on a pint rise from 3.6p in 1966 to 39p today.

With growing speculation that the Chancellor will increase VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent in his emergency budget on 22 June, a rise would come in the middle of the competition.

Combined with a beer tax increase, the BBPA fears the price of a pint could rocket 20p by the eve of England’s third group game against Slovenia on 23 June.

FSF backs calls to give pubsa break

The FSF has backed the BBPA’s calls to give pubs a break in the budget and will be urging its thousands of members to lobby George Osborne via the I’m Backing The Pub​ campaign website.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Beer accounts for 60 per cent of sales in community pubs, so beer tax increases have a direct impact on British pubs.

“A further tax hike on top of the 26 per cent increase of the last two years will hit hundreds of thousands of fans going to their local to watch England at the World Cup.”

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