Carlsberg UK Calls for a Cut in Beer Duty

Carlsberg UK’s corporate affairs director, Bruce Ray, has written to a number of local MPs urging them to back calls for a cut in Beer Tax in the Budget on 8 March.

The brewer is seeking support from MPs to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a cut in beer duty to show their support for the local beer and pub trade.

This would support a nationwide campaign led by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), for a further cut in beer duty following three, historic one penny cuts and last year’s freeze in the last four Budgets.

Beer duty is now 17 per cent lower than it would have been under tax rises previously planned, resulting in millions of extra investment in Britain’s breweries and pubs and has boosted jobs in our sector by 20,000. However, despite the two tax cuts, UK beer taxes still remain among the highest in the Europe.

Bruce Ray, corporate affairs director, Carlsberg UK, comments: “I hope our local MPs will support the campaign for a duty cut by calling on the Chancellor to take action. Beer and pubs are vital to our local economy and jobs, especially for young people, and beer taxes are still far too high. Successive cuts in beer duty enables us to invest in our business and specifically in innovation and marketing across our portfolio of premium beers and ciders. A further cut would also help ensure that our local breweries and pubs continue to prosper.”