Carlsberg UK’s Corporate Affairs Director Bruce Ray has written to a number of local MPs urging them to back a cut in Beer Tax in the Budget on 16 March.
The brewer is seeking MPs to sign up to a new Parliamentary Motion, EDM 919, to show their support for the local beer and pub trade.
The motion supports a wide 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 in the last three budgets.
Beer duty is now 15 per cent lower than it would have been, had the beer duty escalator continue, resulting in millions of extra investment in Britain’s breweries and pubs. However, despite the tax cuts, UK beer taxes still remain among the highest in the Europe.
Bruce Ray, Corporate Affairs Director at Carlsberg UK, comments:
“I’m calling for our local MPs to support the campaign for a duty cut by backing this motion in Parliament. Beer and pubs are vital to our local economy and jobs, especially for young people, and beer taxes are still far too high.
“It’s successive cuts in beer duty that enables us to invest in our business and specifically in innovation, which last year saw us launch three new ciders and three new alcohol-free beers. We’ll continue to innovate throughout this year.
“A further cut in beer duty will help local brewers and pubs to prosper and is good news for Northamptonshire.”
Local people in Northampton can also support the campaign through tools on a new website www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk where supporters can email their MP asking then to back the campaign. The website provides a huge range of unique local data where users can access figures on the positive impact of beer and pubs on jobs and the local economy in their own areas. There’s also a brand new ‘email your MP’ tool, where just by inputting their postcode, supporters can send a message to their local representative calling for a duty cut.
A one-minute film highlighting startling facts about beer tax rates in the UK is available to watch on YouTube:
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