Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Chancellor right to scrap beer duty escalator as new statistics show 26 pubs a week closing pre-budget

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today published the latest CGA CAMRA Pub Tracker statistics which show that 26 pubs a week are closing in the UK.
The statistics show that the rate of pub closures rose during the last 6 months up to March this year compared to earlier in 2012, from 18 to 26 per week across the UK, meaning that the cut in beer duty and scrapping of the beer duty escalator in this year’s budget could not have come at a more important time.

Mike Benner, Chief Executive at CAMRA, said
“We believe that the scrapping of the beer duty escalator and the extra 1p off beer duty announced in this year’s budget could mark a turning point for pubs. With a better deal on beer tax, the Government’s plans for pub company reform and the ‘List Your Local’ scheme, announced during CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month, we are hopeful that the fortunes of Britain’s pubs are set to change .”