MP’s from the Midlands met with key figures from the regions brewery industry at the Midlands Beer & Pub Association’s (MBPA) inaugural parliamentary reception, organised in conjunction with the British Beer & Pub Association*.
During the event regional MP’s, who enjoyed tastings of world famous Midlands beers, called on their colleagues to support the call for a further beer duty cut in the upcoming 2015 budget, urging fellow parliamentarians to sign the Early Day Motion 625.
The Midlands is Britain’s key brewing region; contributing an astonishing £4.5 million to the economy every year, with 152,000 jobs dependent on the sector.
BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds commented:
“Beer is a Midlands success story; a manufacturing success story and politically important too. Our recent polling by YouGov found that a staggering 86 per cent of voters wanted to see a reduction or freeze in taxes on pubs.”
Key Facts on Beer, pubs and Budget 2015:
- The beer and pub sector supports 870,000 UK jobs – 44 per cent are under 25’s
- 82 per cent of the beer sold in Britain is made in Britain
- One job in brewing generates 18 jobs, in pubs, one in agriculture, one in the supply chain and one in retail.
- Pubs rely on beer sales – seven in every ten pub drinks sold is beer.
- Under the beer duty escalator (2008-2013) beer tax rose by 42 per cent. During this period, 7,000 pubs closed and 58,000 jobs were lost.
- The two, one penny beer duty cuts have secured 16,000 jobs.
- After years of above inflation tax rises, beer taxes are still too high. Britons pay 40 per cent of all EU beer duties, but drink just 12 per cent of the beer.
- Beer prices increases in pubs are at their lowest since the 1980s.
*The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Currently members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.