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5th February 2015

TaxPayers’ Alliance calls for another cut in beer duty at the Budget

Taxpayers Alliance





In advance of the House of Commons debate on Beer Duty initiated by Andrew Griffiths MP that is taking place later this afternoon (Thursday 5th February), Jonathan IsabyChief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, added his voice to the calls for a further cut in Beer Duty at the Budget which George Osborne will deliver on Wednesday 18th March.

Jonathan Isaby said:

“Politicians often talk about a ‘cost of living crisis’, but are slow to remember that the biggest cost of living for most people is the amount they pay in taxes. The tax on beer remains a perfect example of politicians unnecessarily hiking the cost of an evening out or the weekly shop – especially when you look at how heavily British drinkers are taxed compared with our European counterparts. We pay twelve times as much in beer duty as the Germans, for example, with nearly a third of what we pay for a pint going straight to the Chancellor.

“The cuts in beer duty at the last two Budgets have not only been welcome relief for already hard-pressed families, but also a huge boost for jobs in the hospitality sector. The figures show that overall tax revenues have actually increased as a result of the successive cuts, so there’s every reason for George Osborne to make it a hat trick of tax cuts when he presents his Budget next month.” 

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Media contacts

Dia Chakravarty
Political Director, TaxPayers’ Alliance
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113

Notes to editors

1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, cut spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers’ Alliance at

2. The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Mash Beer Tax Campaign in the run-up to the 2013 Budget was instrumental in helping secure the abolition of the beer duty escalator and the first cut in beer duty since the 1950s and our campaigning in advance of the 2014 Budget helped persuade the Chancellor to abolish the duty escalator on other drinks and secure a further cut in beer duty.

3. For further data about the impact of the recent cuts to beer duty on the economy, please see Local impact of the beer and pub sector by Oxford Economics for the BBPA at and The impact of two successive beer duty reductions, published by the BBPA, CAMRA and SIBA at