Trade bodies call for MPs to back further cut in beer duty

15 January, 2016

Three leading industry bodies in the brewing sector have written jointly to MPs this week asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the forthcoming Budget on March 16.

The motion was tabled by Nigel Evans, Conservative MP for the Ribble Valley, on January 6 and currently has the support of 25 MPs from five parties, including Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.

The motion notes that the end of the beer duty escalator and three successive cuts in beer duty in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Budgets have led to an additional 19,000 jobs in the sector, together with investment of over £1 billion due in the 2015-16 financial year alone.

It argues that a further cut would both help secure jobs in the industry and help ease the cost-of-living for hard-working people.

The three organisations leading the campaign are the British Beer and Pub Association, the Society of Independent Brewers and the Campaign for Real Ale.

Mike Benner, managing director of SIBA, said: "Three consecutive duty cuts have led to increased investment across the independent brewing sector creating new jobs and providing support for important local small businesses across the country.

“I hope the Chancellor will continue to drive this much needed momentum with a further duty cut in March."

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Strong support from MPs always gives a real boost to our campaign. We have built a very strong case for further duty cuts to boost employment and protect pubs, as the industry still faces big pressures.

“I hope MPs will support EDM 919 this year.”

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