Pubs across the UK can breathe a sigh of relief today as Chancellor George Osborne has cut a penny off the price of a pint of beer and scrapped the punitive Duty Escalator in his 2013 Budget announcement.
Labour may have to retain the controversial Beer Duty Escalator if it came into power at the next election as Shadow Small Business Minister Toby Perkins admitted to brewers at SIBA’s BeerX conference that they ‘can’t solve all the problems facing pubs’.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has today organised the biggest campaigning event in its 40-year history as over 1,200 of its members and other key figures from the beer and pub industry descend upon Parliament for a mass lobby calling for an end to...
Despite a summer of sport which included the Olympics and the Euro 2012 football, Britons drank 117 million fewer pints of beer in the three months to September this year than in 2011, with pub sales down 4.8 per cent.
The British beer and pub industry is today celebrating as the Government e-petition calling on the abandonment of the controversial beer duty escalator has finally exceeded the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a Parliamentary debate.
A Treasury minister has pledged the Government will continue to monitor the impact of the alcohol duty escalator but claimed the rising beer duty was a 'help' to publicans and drinkers as it was contributing to deficit reduction.