Local MP urged to support scrapping of 'beer tax'

Breweries are calling on Patrick Mercer to support the scrapping of the beer tax
Breweries are calling on Patrick Mercer to support the scrapping of the beer tax Credit: PA

A local brewery is urging local MP Patrick Mercer to show their support for Newark's brewing and pub trade in Parliament next week, following the granting of a vital debate on the huge tax burden being faced by the industry.

The Government refused today to cut an inflation-busting tax on beer - but pledged to keep it under review.

The tax on beer has risen by 42% since it was introduced in March 2008 and is blamed for an ever-rising number of pub closures.

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