CAMRA calls on Scottish MPs to back specific duty cut
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Ahead of the UK budget on 11 March, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is calling on Scottish MPs to back its radical proposal to save pubs from extinction.
The proposal, a preferential rate of duty for draught beer, is specifically targeted at beer served on tap in pubs.
Commenting on the proposal CAMRA Director for Scotland, Sarah Crawford said:
“CAMRA’s proposals to cut tax on draught beer is specifically targeted at helping pubs.
“While other taxes such as business rates are devolved to the Scottish Government, this is a measure which will have an impact on pubs across the UK.
“By supporting a tax reduction for beer served on tap, MPs would be promoting drinking in the supervised setting of the community pub rather than promoting cheap booze served in supermarkets.
“This proposal would be a lifeline for pubs across Scotland, which are currently fighting for their survival. Keeping pubs open, alive and thriving as community assets is also vital in the fight to tackle loneliness and social isolation.
“That’s why we are calling on MPs of all parties to make their voices heard and back this measure.”