23rd March 2011
Budget 2011 - CAMRA Response.
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today hit out
at the Governments decision to impose a damaging 7.2% increase
in beer duty. The average duty and VAT on a pub pint will now exceed
- Todays announcement adds 10p to average pint in the pub.
- Consumers to see more low strength beers in pubs after tax on
beers at or below 2.8% ABV is halved.
- New CAMRA pre-Budget research shows British consumers on average
paying £2.84 on a pint of real ale in a pub, and £3.02
In a mixed day for Britains beer drinkers, CAMRA
has also welcomed plans to halve taxation on beers at or below 2.8%
ABV, but has opposed a further tax increase of 25% on beers at 7.5%
ABV and above.
With todays above inflation increases meaning Britains
drinkers will now be paying well over a pound (pre-Budget CAMRA
estimate- 97p) on every pub pint in beer duty and VAT, CAMRA fears
the price of a pint will now be increased by up to 10p at the bar,
driving consumers away from pubs, and causing further loss of valued
community amenities. Beer tax has now been increased since 2008
by two successive Governments by over a third.
New CAMRA research* conducted before todays Budget found
the average price of a pint of real ale in Britain to be £2.84,
and the average price of a pint of lager to be £3.02, figures
now set to increase in the wake of todays announcements.
Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive, said:
It is incredible to consider that Britains beer drinkers
are forced to endure the second highest rate of beer tax in Europe,
particularly when the Prime Minister promised a pub friendly
Government with the pub at the heart of the Big Society. By
penalising the vast majority of responsible pub goers, the Government
is not getting to the root of the problem, which remains cheap alcohol
sold in an irresponsible manner in the off trade.
While it is welcome to see the Government introducing measures
to recognise the benefits of beer as a low alcohol drink, we hope
the Government will work with the EU and the wider industry to secure
a change in EU rules to increase todays threshold to 3.5%
ABV to further benefit Britains beer drinkers.
Source: CAMRA HQ