CAMRA fears Government duty and VAT rises to amount to value of football superstar Wayne Rooney!
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today vented its concern regarding potential planned duty and VAT increases in the forthcoming Budget on Tuesday June 22nd. The consumer group has calculated that if gloomy forecasts become reality and beer duty is increased by 5% - while VAT is increased to 20% - UK beer drinkers could end up shelling out an extra £100 million by the end of 2010.
Coming at a time when the nation is gripped by World Cup fever, a double header of punitive increases by the Government would mean that for the rest of the year the UK’s 15 million beer drinkers would pay out more than the market value of England star Wayne Rooney, on top of almost £3 billion in current excise duty and VAT rates already paid a year!
Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive, said:
‘At a time when consumers should be enjoying the friendly atmosphere of their local pub during this great Summer of sport, it is alarming to think that by the middle of next week, UK drinkers could be rocked with an increase that would exceed the market value of one of its most famous sporting heroes!
‘UK beer drinkers have already been singled out for some of the most whirlwind tax hikes in modern history, with beer excise duty rates alone increasing by a whopping 25% in the last two and a half years. We now issue a plea to this new coalition Government to help re-write these devastating blows to the UK pub industry in the last couple of years, and at the very least offset any potential VAT increase with compensatory measures for beer duty.’
‘If England are to progress in the football World Cup, they will need all the help they can get from the nation’s fans, so to deny pub goers the chance of an affordable night at their local to support their team would simply be a disastrous own goal by the UK Government.’
CAMRA lastly urges all pub goers to visit its national website and lobby their local MP to support the Great British pub- www.camra.org.uk