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15th March 2023

Don’t price people out of their local, BBPA calls for action on beer duty ahead of the Budget

Ahead of the Spring Budget and expected announcements on alcohol duty, Emma McClarkin said:

“If the Chancellor fails to act on alcohol duty, tax on beer will rise to the highest it has ever been.

“At a time when many are struggling to stay open, no freeze or reduction in beer duty will send costs rocketing throughout pubs and breweries across the UK, causing irreversible damage to a sector that is already facing a massive squeeze in margins due to inflation and extortionate energy costs. This will leave businesses with no other option but to hike the price of a pint at the bar.

“Pricing people out of their local will not only be an economic disaster, but a social and cultural one too. It will put the places where relationships are formed, and memories are made at an even greater risk of closure than they already are.

“This Budget is a make or break moment for Britain’s pubs and breweries and we’re counting on Jeremy Hunt to do everything he can to help keep their doors open for communities across the country.”


For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199

Notes to editors:

Key facts & figures:

  • 7 in 10 of the drinks sold in a pub are beer
  • 2,000 pubs could be at risk of closure without support in Spring Budget, recent BBPA analysis showed
  • 288 million fewer pints estimated to be sold in 2023/24, potentially leading to 25,000 job losses and potentially 2,000 business closures across the brewing and pub industry.
  • Recent polling showed 69% of the nation think pubs play an important role in bringing communities together
  • The UK’s beer and pub industry supports close to 940,000 jobs
  • The industry adds £26.2billion to the UK’s economy each year

About the British Beer & Pub Association

The BBPA represents UK companies which between them brew over 90% of the beer sold in the UK and own 20,000 pubs. Our members include international companies, national and local brewers and pub businesses operating managed and tenanted pubs in cities, towns and villages across the country.

These businesses are at the heart of communities and local economies and include family businesses who have been brewing beer and running pubs for hundreds of years alongside emerging brewers and pub operators.


Press release from the BBPA.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jessie Powell at / 020 7627 9199