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Beer Duty

CAMRA’s campaign to reform beer tax

Pubs face a triple tax whammy of one of the highest rates of beer duty in Europe, an unfair business rates burden, and VAT. This high level of tax is squeezing publicans and forcing them to either put up prices for consumers or close their doors forever.

The good news is that the Government has now committed to introducing a new, lower rate of duty for beer sold in pubs, which will help level the playing field between the price of beer sold in social, community settings and cheap supermarket alcohol consumed at home.

This is something CAMRA has campaigned on for many years, and we’ll keep working to help ensure that consumers, brewers and publicans can enjoy the maximum benefits of this ground-breaking new policy.

So what’s next?

The current proposal from Government would only apply a draught duty rate to containers over 40L. CAMRA is calling for this to be expanded to a wider range of container sizes.  

The Detail

  • Taxing beer differently depending on whether it’s consumed in a supervised community setting, or at home, is a positive step.
  • CAMRA believe that the pub is the best place to drink, and we’re glad the Government recognise this too.
  • However, the Government’s current proposal will only give a preferential rate to containers of 40L or larger – the kind typically used by big, national breweries.
  • We’re calling for containers from 20L to be included, as this will include the kind of casks and kegs that are often used by independent breweries, and served in smaller pubs.

Find out more

Click below to learn about how and why CAMRA campaigns to reform beer tax. You can find research from Europe Economics on the benefits of reform, see beer writer Jonny Garrett talk about some of the issues affecting cask beer, and read CAMRA’s full policy submission to the Government’s Alcohol Duty Review.

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