TaxPayer's Alliance: Brits 'pay 40 per cent of EU tax bill'

The TaxPayer's Alliance is calling for a freeze on the Beer Duty Escalator.

They say that despite only drinking 13 per cent of the EU's beer, Britons pay 40 per cent of the tax bill.

  • In 2008 the Government made a commitment to above-inflation duty increases on beer
  • Since then, while duty has increased by 42%, revenue has only increased by 12%
  • High taxes make your drinks more expensive, with tax often constituting a third of the price of a pint
  • In the last 4 years, 5,800 pubs have closed and 60,000 jobs have been lost
  • Beer is already taxed more in the UK than almost every other country in Europe

Source: TaxPayer's Alliance