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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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Local MP urged to support scrapping of '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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