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MPs urged to show support for local beer and pub trade

By Emma Hibbert, also posted in News on

As a Suffolk brewer and key part of the local economy, Adnams is urging MPs in Suffolk and Norfolk to get behind the brewing and pub trade by showing their support in Parliament next week, following the granting of a vital debate on the huge tax burden being faced by our nation’s brewers and pubs. The debate in Parliament calls on the Government to review its controversial ‘beer tax escalator’ policy, which has seen the tax on beer rise by a staggering 42 per cent since it was introduced in March 2008, and is to take place on Thursday, 1st November. Sky News interviews Stephen PughStephen Pugh, Finance Director of Adnams plc, says the beer and pub industry plays a vital role to the economies of Suffolk and Norfolk. It is estimated that in the East of England region our industry directly employs over 46,500 jobs, 21,329 of which are under the age of 25. The contribution to the region’s GDP is estimated to be £1,629 million. A petition signed by over 100,000 people has been the catalyst for action, after a national campaign involving MPs, the Campaign for Real Ale and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). Stephen Pugh says that if the Government abandons plans for further big tax hikes, jobs and pubs could be boosted in Suffolk and Norfolk. Pugh comments: “Brewing and pubs are absolutely vital to the local economy. Duty and VAT on beer cost the typical pub around £66,000 per year. We have seen huge increases in our tax burden, and any further rises are just not sustainable. We want to be creating more local jobs and wealth in Suffolk and Norfolk, which is certainly possible without huge tax hikes, every year. I hope MPs in Suffolk and Norfolk will listen to these concerns, attend this important debate and support our regional brewing and pub trade by voting for a review of the beer duty escalator.” Beer Tax - some key figures: Beer tax (Duty plus VAT) per pub: £66,500 Average price of a pub pint of beer: £3.17 Duty on a 5 per cent pint of beer: 55p Beer duty increase since March 2008: 42% British Beer Tax, times higher than France: 9 British Beer Tax, times higher than Germany: 13

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