3rd July 2012
In 2008 the Government made a commitment to above-inflation duty increases on beer. This is known as the beer duty escalator and is in place until 2014/15. As a result, tax on beer has gone up by over 40%.
The tax man takes over £1 of every pub pint. After brewing costs, distribution and other supply chain costs, the brewer is left with a 1p profit.
BEER TAX IN BRITAIN IS SECOND ONLY TO FINLAND IN THE EU, with Britons paying 13 times more beer tax than the Germans, 12 times more than the Spanish and 9 times more than the French – resulting in Britons paying 40% of the EU beer tax bill, but only consuming 13% of the beer sold in Europe.
In this year’s Budget the Chancellor put beer duty up by another 5%. There’s an opportunity to have your say and sign an e-petition to secure a Parliamentary debate and end the escalator. Sign the E-Petition Now
Source: The Beer Story: Facts on tap | Sponsored by the British Beer & Pub Association, Campaign for Real Ale and SIBA Local Beer.
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