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2nd October 2020

BBPA Welcomes Alcohol Duty Review

Trade association says beer duty needs to be cut to help sector recover from COVID-19, foster growth and create level playing field with other brewing nations 

The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the launch of the Alcohol Duty Review call for evidence.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“We welcome the call for evidence under the Alcohol Duty Review. The Government now has the opportunity to set out how it will back Britain’s world-renowned pubs and breweries, which support 900,000 jobs, contribute £23 billion to the economy and play such a vital role in local communities throughout the UK. Our sector needs more support to help it recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19.

“Now that we have left the EU now is our opportunity to create a more level playing field compared with other major beer producing countries and support our British brewers. We pay 11 times more beer duty than Germany or Spain. As part of this review we will be urging the Government to support and foster growth of our world-renowned pub and brewing industry just as other Governments of great brewing nations do.”


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