- Debate on the beer duty escalator takes place in Parliament today as further figures show how over 5800 pubs have permanently closed since the beer duty escalator was introduced in 2008.
Speaking before this milestone debate for the beer and pub industry, Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive, said:
‘For too long, Britain’s beer drinkers have been forced to endure inflation busting rates of tax on their pint, while the Treasury’s own projections show that these hikes will fail to bring in any additional revenue over the next three years.
Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
‘An escalator means consistent tax hikes on alcohol, which hits those on low and middle incomes hardest. What's more, high taxes mean we run the risk of making black market booze even more profitable. This leaves us with a yawning tax gap, and again it's hard-pressed families making up the shortfall. To close the gap, and to give people a break, the Government must take on board CAMRA's proposal to scrap the duty escalator so a pint of beer doesn't cost taxpayers the earth.’