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Delight at scrapping of beer duty

The all party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has welcomed the scrapping of the beer duty escalator and a 1p reduction in beer duty. Greg Mulholland, the MP for Leeds North West and chair of the committee and said:

I am absolutely delighted that the Chancellor, George Osborne has today listened to the arguments against this unfair tax and brought it to an early end and reduced beer duty by 1p. This will be a boost to claims of being a pro pub Government. It has been evident to see that as a result of the reduced duty under the Small Breweries Relief we now have a thriving brewing industry, with over 1,000 breweries in the UK, the most the UK has seen for over 70 years. I_ am delighted that the chancellor has today made a vote of confidence in Britain’s breweries._

“It is also good news for pubs, as supermarkets were able to absorb the increase in the price of beer, pubs were simply not able to and this was further increasing the difference between a can in the supermarket and a pint in the pub, which is a controlled and sociable environment. So I am delighted that it has today being brought to an end.

– Greg Mulholland MP for Leeds North West

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