• By Feb 27th the UK will have already paid the same amount of Beer Duty as Germany does in an entire year
  • UK Beer Duty is 11 times higher than Spain & nets the taxman £3.4 billion a year
  • Petitioners want a 2% (1p) cut in Beer Duty to protect jobs and save pubs
  • 13,000 pubs have closed in the past 20 years
  • Pub and brewing sector currently account for 900k jobs, is worth £23bn to the economy and pays £13bn in taxes

Today (Feb 27th) the UK will have paid as much in Beer Duty as Germany will pay all year, despite the fact that Germany consumes nearly double the amount of beer[1].

Beer Duty raises a whopping £3.4 billion a year for the Treasury, four times more than any other European nation. Spain brews almost as much beer as the UK yet pay 11 times less in Beer Duty. In fact, for a 5% pint of beer in the UK you pay 54p in Beer Duty, for the same pint in Spain you would pay only 5p.

Great British Bake Off winner and pub owner, Candice Brown, will today protest outside Parliament, trapped under a giant pint glass representing the enormous financial pressure UK pubs are facing.

The protest is backed by Long Live The Local – a campaign that celebrates British pubs – as part of a call on the Government to listen to the 250,000 people who have signed a petition asking for a cut in Beer Duty in the upcoming Budget.

Beer Duty has been frozen since 2017, limiting job losses, however campaigners say a 2% cut – just 1p per pint – would save thousands of jobs (4,206) and help protect the future of our pubs.

There are 47,600[2] pubs in Britain, that’s down from 60,800 since the year 2000.

Between 2008 and 2012 Beer Duty rose year on year and the impact on the beer and pub sector was catastrophic. Over those 5 years there was a 24% decline in beer sales in pubs, 5,000 pubs closed, and 58,000 people lost their jobs.

One of the biggest pressures that pubs face is an unfair and growing tax burden, with 1 in every 3 pounds spent in pubs going straight to the taxman. That’s £13 billion per year from Beer Duty, Business Rates and VAT. The average tax bill for pubs is £140,000.

Three quarters of Brits (75%) think that the current Beer Duty rates are unfair and nearly half (47%) think that the Government should be doing more to support our pubs. The next Budget takes place on 11th March 2020. So make sure you get a FULL pint!