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Beer experts beg for tax hike rethink

Pub goers and beer industry experts are urging the government not to raise the tax on beer, after a new study reported by the Press Association showed the ‘vital role’ beer and pubs play in the economy.

Research by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in parliamentary constituencies showed that 980,000 workers depend on beer and pubs, with the industry contributing more than £21 billion to the UK economy every year.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: ‘These figures show what a huge impact beer and pubs have, especially in terms of local jobs. Beer is vital to the economy and pubs are the heart of our communities.

‘The last thing local pubs and pubgoers need is a further beer tax hike in the Budget next week, when instead we could be leading the economy out of recession and creating local jobs. The Government needs to think again.’

The BBPA has forecast a 7% rise in beer tax in the Budget next week.

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