CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are calling for pub lovers, beer drinkers, landlords and members of the public to support beer and pubs by calling for a third consecutive cut in Beer Duty.The annual budget will be delivered on 18th March 2015 and CAMRA are urging everyone to lobby their MP to ensure that this will be another budget for beer drinkers.
The campaign highlights the impact the previous two beer duty cuts have made to the industry with thousands of pubs from closure and the cost of a pint kept affordable for consumers.
The CAMRA site offers two ways to make your voice heard:
- Write to your MP. you can print out a copy of the CAMRA letter . Then all you need is the name of your MP, a stamp & an envelope – don’t forget to insert your address so your MP knows you are a constituent!
- Lobby your MP online.
A new report, commissioned by CAMRA and produced by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) estimates that:
- Over a thousand pubs saved – an additional 1,047 pubs would have closed by the end of 2014 if the Beer Duty Escalator had remained in place.
- 750 million more pints sold –750 million fewer pints of beer would have been sold in the UK this financial year if the Beer Duty Escalator had remained in place.
- 26,000 jobs created – 26,000 additional jobs would not have been created if the Beer Duty Escalator had remained in place.
- Higher investment – In 2014 alone, investment in the brewing industry was expected to stand at £61 million higher than it would have if the beer duty escalator had been maintained.
- Price of a pint up to 16p higher – the average price of a pint of beer, which currently stands at £3.04, would have cost £3.20 if the beer duty escalator had not been scrapped and replaced by two consecutive 1p cuts in 2013/14.
For more information go to http://www.camra.org.uk/