Beer Duty Impact

Beer Duty is a tax paid when producing and selling beer, and is a calculation based on the ABV (alcohol by volume) of the beer. UK beer duty is already 3 times the EU average and the government plans to increase it, in line with RPI, every year for the foreseeable future.

Pubs are under a range of tax pressures, including Beer Duty, business rates and VAT. Today 1 in 3 pounds spent in pubs goes to the taxman and latest research predicts almost 20,000 people will lose their jobs if Beer Duty increases go ahead as planned, not to mention the devastating impact on the communities local pubs serve and support.

By writing to your local MP and signing the petition to cut the tax on beer, we can keep our local pubs communities, jobs and industries thriving.

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The UK Has one of the highest beer tax rates in Europe

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  • Germany 4.8p
  • Spain 5.1p
  • Belgium 12.2p
  • Netherlands 19.3p
  • Uk 54.2p

Duty per pint of 5% ABV beer

7 in 10 alcoholic drinks sold in pubs are beer

11% of pubs are set to close over the next five years

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Every pub closure means local jobs are lost

20,000 jobs could be lost of five years


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Email your MP

For more information please email hello@longlivethelocal.pub or alternatively you can view our 'why cut beer duty' page to find out about the impacts of beer duty increases and the other pressures pubs face.