Wiltshire brewers cheer Budget cut on beer

This Is Wiltshire: The tax paid on a pint has been reduced by a penny The tax paid on a pint has been reduced by a penny

Brewers in Wiltshire have raised their glasses in support of the Chancellor’s announcement today to cut the duty on beer by 1p.

In his budget statement Mr Osborne abolished the alcohol duty escalator, which adds inflation plus two per cent of the price of a pint. He also reduced the tax paid on a pint by a penny.

James Timoney of Warminster’s Plain Ales, said the move offers a lifeline to pubs and the communities around them in Wiltshire.

He said: “A pint of beer in the pub should be an affordable pleasure rather than an occasional treat, and by cutting duty, the Government is ensuring that draught beer – a relatively low-alcohol drink – remains Britain’s favourite tipple, as it has been for centuries.”

Kevin Newbould, of Holt-based Box Stream Brewery, also welcomed the news. He said: “We have been campaigning for a year to get the duty escalator withheld, and we are very pleased to know it has been scrapped.

“I think it’s a good move to indentify that beer is not the evil part of the industry it has sometimes been made out to be.”

North Wiltshire MP James Gray added: “Two weeks ago, I called on the Chancellor to freeze beer duty and help protect our struggling rural brewing and pub industry.

"Today, I am delighted that has listened to my concerns and even went one step further. Beer will now be 1p per pint cheaper after Sunday night.

"Today’s announcement will be great news for beer-drinkers, breweries, and the 5,398 excellent pubs which proudly call the south west home.”

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9:18am Thu 21 Mar 13

corshman says...

Of course this good news, but how do Wadworths brewery, justify a 30p increase of a pint of 6X in one week at the Red Lion Lacock. l for one will not be drinking there again. Last week a pint cost £3.35 this week £3.65. The price increase applies to all drinks wine,soft drinks etc. Another case of greedy brewerys ripping off there customers.
Of course this good news, but how do Wadworths brewery, justify a 30p increase of a pint of 6X in one week at the Red Lion Lacock. l for one will not be drinking there again. Last week a pint cost £3.35 this week £3.65. The price increase applies to all drinks wine,soft drinks etc. Another case of greedy brewerys ripping off there customers. corshman
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