CAMRA calls for new, lower rate of tax on alcohol in pubs 

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is urging the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to use his Budget later this month to introduce a new, lower rate of duty for alcohol.

The consumer group, which represents 170,000 pub goers, wants to see a lower rate of alcohol duty where it is served in places like pubs, social clubs and taprooms.

The introduction of a differential rate of duty for alcohol would better support pubs and social clubs across Great Britain, helping them to recover from the pandemic, compete with supermarkets and thrive in the years to come.

The move could also help create jobs in the pubs sector, and encourage the wellbeing benefits of enjoying a pint in your local.

Ahead of the Budget on 27 October CAMRA is mobilising pub goers up and down the country to get behind the campaign for fairer tax on beer in pubs by using their template email to contact their local MP. The ‘email your MP’ tool is available at: https://camra.e-activist.com/page/91459/action/1  

Speaking about the campaign CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“A new alcohol duty rate would be a huge improvement to the way alcohol is taxed, allowing for a reduced rate of tax on alcohol sold in pubs, social clubs and taprooms.

“This would help pubs to compete with supermarkets, be a boost to local economies and job markets and encourage responsible drinking in the regulated environment of the local pub. This will also help to ensure that our pubs remain at the heart of our communities, helping to combat loneliness and social isolation.

“It is vital that the Chancellor uses this Budget to support the pubs sector as it continues the long recovery from the Covid pandemic. A new alcohol duty rate is the best way to do just that, and would make sure that our pubs can survive and thrive in the years to come.”

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