Landlords' beer tax battle

The Campaign for Real Ale, has organised the biggest campaigning event in its 40 year history as over 1,200 of its members - as well as other members of the beer & pub industry - descend upon Parliament, calling for an end to the beer duty escalator.

The beer tax battle

Publicans from our region joined more campaigners in London today calling for reforms to the controversial beer tax escalator.

It means duty increases every year by two percent above inflation.

According to the Campaign for Real Ale, around 18 pubs in the UK are closing every week.

Fight against the beer duty escalator

Publicans from our region have joined more than a thousand campaigners in London calling for reforms to the way beer's taxed.

At the moment, duty increases automatically every year by 2% above inflation.

According to the campaign group CAMRA, around 18 pubs in the UK are closing every week.

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CAMRA members descend on Westminster

The Unicorn in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, is one pub that's suffered
The Unicorn in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, is one pub that's suffered Credit: ITV Anglia

3 million fewer UK adults are visiting the pub on a regular basis.

The figure comes as CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, organises the biggest campaigning event in its 40 year history.

Over 1,200 of its members - as well as other members of the beer and pub industry - are descending upon Parliament today for a Mass Lobby, calling for an end to the damaging beer duty escalator.

Members of the organisation have travelled from across the UK to speak to their MP as new figures show that since the beer duty escalator - a policy causing duty on beer to automatically increase by 2% above inflation every year - was introduced in 2008.