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Small Brewers' Relief

Small Brewers’ Relief is being reformed.

The Government recently announced a raft of changes to the way beer and brewers will be taxed – including changes to Small Brewers’ Relief.

Many of these changes are positive, but CAMRA believes there is still work to be done to ensure these wider proposals work for small brewers.

The Detail

  • The Small Brewers’ Relief scheme allows smaller brewers to pay less tax, which helps compensate for the economies of scale enjoyed by larger brewers.
  • Tax relief also makes the beer market more competitive, increasing consumer choice at the bar.
  • The scheme been instrumental in the brewing boom of the last two decades.
  • In response to campaigning from brewers and consumers, the Treasury has agreed to amend their original proposal so that fewer brewers will lose out on the full rate of relief.
  • Some brewers will still pay a higher rate, but changes to other parts of the scheme should help small brewers grow their businesses in the future.

What is Small Brewers Relief and why does it matter?

by Jonny Garrett for CAMRA Learn & Discover

CAMRA’s campaigning

Use the buttons to explore more on Small Brewers’ Relief, including the full CAMRA Learn & Discover video “What is Small Brewers’ Relief, and why does it matter?” from beer writer Jonny Garrett, our original submission to the Government consultation, and a comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona.

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