beer duty escalator
Measures in the Chancellor's budget - not just the cancellation of the 6p beer duty rise, but the further 1p cut, as well as the scrapping of the beer duty escalator- are a welcome step to help protect the livelihoods of our publicans. However, borough councils also need to step in with stricter planning policies that favour protecting pubs as community hubs.
The Chancellor brought some cheer to the nation's beer drinkers by scrapping a duty escalator blamed for closing pubs - and
George Osborne is to face another round of calls to scrap the beer duty escalator in the 2013 Budget. The TaxPayers Alliance
Beer sales have fallen for the eighth year in a row, with 381 million fewer pints being drunk in 2012, according to a new