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Beer Tax Escalator

Newark MP Patrick Mercer will be speaking in a parliamentary debate today on the Government's controversial "beer tax escalator" policy.

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Could increasing beer duty be the end of the pub?

The number of pubs going bust is rising because of tax increases on beer. That's what industry experts have told the Government, as the issue is debated in Parliament.

The Government's beer tax escalator was introduced in 2008, and means a rise of two per cent plus inflation every year. Brewers say unless it's scrapped, many more pubs will be forced to close.

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