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Cut beer tax campaign launches film

With the 2016 Budget just around the corner, a new campaign short film calls for cut in beer duty. The campaigning film uses key facts to makes a convincing case for a one penny cut in beer duty in the Budget.

video linkThe one-minute animated film, now available on YouTube, gives consumers and campaigners some of the most startling facts about beer tax rates in the UK and their huge impact on the economy, comparing UK duty rates with other countries, and highlighting what a tax cut would do to boost jobs and growth in the coming year.

Finally, the film calls on viewers to write their MP about beer duty via the BBPA’s campaigning website www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments: “I want to thank all those who have already joined the campaign – please use this new film to encourage others to do so.”

Campaigners can also download a free campaign poster from the BBPA’s website here.

Meanwhile, pub campaigners are welcoming a fall in the number of pub closures in the UK, but have called on the government to cut beer tax to help reinforce the fragile recovery. The figures, published by CAMRA and compiled by independent research company CGA Strategy, show that 27 pubs a week closed in the second half of 2015, compared to 29 a week in the previous six months.

CAMRA is now calling on the government to continue and strengthen its support for pubs by further cutting tax to help keep beer affordable and pubs open. More than 3,000 CAMRA members have already lobbied their MPs to call for a reduction in beer duty and the Campaign is urging as many people as possible to make their views known via camra.org.uk/beertax2016

Tim Page, chief executive of CAMRA said: “The latest figures show that the work of campaigners across CAMRA, the wider pub and beer industry and the government is taking effect and arresting the decline in the number of pubs being lost every week.

“However it’s a fragile recovery which could very quickly be reversed if the government fails to build on this positive development and misses the chance to support the British pub and beer industry by reducing tax again.”