BBPA welcomes parliamentary debate on pub taxation

30/10/2017 - 06:00
The chief executive of the BBPA says the organisation is looking forward to tomorrow's parliamentary debate on beer and pub taxation as the industry continues to put pressure on the chancellor to lower taxes.

The debate, which will run from 2.30pm until 4.00pm, was secured by Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

The BBPA chief, Brigid Simonds, said: “I want to thank Mike Wood for bringing the vital issue of taxation in the beer and pub sector back to Parliament,” said Simonds.

“Current tax burdens are unsustainable. RPI increases in beer duty which have already cost brewers and pubs £130 million this year, are unsustainable and will damage investment if continued in the second Budget of the year.  

“Our beer duty rates are three times the EU average, yet further tax rises are planned.

“Pubs shoulder 2.8 per cent of the business rates burden, despite generating only 0.5 per cent of business turnover. I hope MPs will show their support for their local pubs and pubgoers, tomorrow.”

Simonds has encouraged supporters of the #cutbeertax campaign to contact their local MPs and urge them to show support to Wood and the BBPA’s push to cut beer duty and extend pub-specific business rate relief.

The BBPA, along with the ALMR, are calling for an increase of the rate from £1,000 to £5,000 ahead of the upcoming budget announcement.

To coincide with the debate, the BBPA are hosting a ‘parliamentary drop-in event’ tomorrow where its members will rub shoulders with those politicians it hopes support the campaign.

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