The 2024 Budget
Last year, CAMRA successfully campaigned for a short freeze on alcohol duty, and increased the gap between tax paid on draught beer and cider, and that sold in off-licenses and supermarkets.
This year we want to make sure that the draught duty rate is able to realise it’s full potential, with a meaningful cut to the draught rate and a resolution to the ban on sales of incidental takeaway pints. We’re also asking the Treasury to put more money in the pockets of consumers with a lower rate of VAT for hospitality.
What support is available?
Alcohol Duty Review reforms won by CAMRA began in August 2023, with the new draught duty rate applying to containers of 20L and above.
Some Business Rates relief was extended for hospitality businesses in England in 2023/24, but no changes were made to the Business Rates system, despite calls for fundamental reform.
What’s needed now?
The Spring Budget is due to take place in March, and will give Government the opportunity to provide meaningful support to pubs, social clubs, brewers and cider makers.
CAMRA will be calling for these key steps taken:
- Reduce draught beer and cider duty. We’d like to see a 20% difference between the tax level paid by community venues like pubs and social clubs and the off-trade.
- Scrap the unnecessary rules that are preventing draught takeaway sales from draught duty-paid containers –an effective ban on take-home draught beer and cider for most pubs and festivals.
- Introduce a VAT cut for hospitality. This would make a real difference to consumers, making it more affordable to support our local pubs, clubs, and producers.
Email your MP
Click below to use our easy e-lobbying tool. This will match you with your MP and give you a template email, which you can choose to edit or send straight away. It only takes a few minutes to get involved, so even if you’ve written to your MP recently, please help us send a message to the Chancellor by emailing again.
Use the links below to explore more on the issues we’re the campaigning for at Budget, and read about the vital change we’d like to see made to the new beer tax system.
Our members can also go to the Campaigns Hub and find additional resources, including Campaign Packs on energy bills and business rates.