The beer duty escalator was introduced by the last Government in 2008, and is currently in place until 2014/15. It means that beer duty is automatically increased by 2% above inflation every single year.
As a result, tax on beer has gone up by over 40% since 2008. You now pay over a third of your pint on tax.
Any more increases in beer duty will increase the pressure on pubs already struggling to survive and damage the long term ability of the beer and pub sector to continue contributing over £6 billion a year in duty and VAT, and over £21 billion to the UK’s GDP.
CAMRA is calling for the Chancellor to abandon the unfair beer duty escalator in the next Budget.
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