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11th January 2023

CAMRA: additional energy discount for brewers welcome, but pubs and social clubs left out in the cold

Commenting on the inclusion of manufacturers of beer, cider and malt on the list of Energy and Trade Intensive Industries under the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said: 

“It’s great news that the Government has listened to the voices of producers and consumers and included brewers and cider makers on the list of businesses that will be eligible for a greater discount under the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme.

“Although the new Scheme represents a significant rollback in support, it’s vital that brewers and cider makers are in receipt of this additional discount.

“With full details on eligibility and the application process still to be published, producers urgently need certainty on what level of support will be available when the new scheme comes into force in April.

“Unfortunately, pubs and social clubs will not qualify for extra support despite being vital community facilities, with many advertising their services as ‘warm hubs’ for those struggling with domestic energy costs. We want the Chancellor to revisit this decision in the Spring Budget, although this will sadly be too late for many licensees who have already taken the heart-breaking decision to close their doors due to the cost-of-business crisis.”


Notes to editors:

The list of Energy and Trade Intensive Industries is here: (

Details on the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme are here: The government unveils new “Energy Bills Discount Scheme” for businesses – GOV.UK (

About CAMRA:  

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 160,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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