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Beer Tax – petition moves up a gear as new figures show astonishing beer tax bill per pub


  • Collect e-petition signatures in the pub! – BBPA and CAMRA unite with pub trade’s leading newspaper

  • New figures released today show Beer Tax (beer duty plus VAT) costing a typical pub £66,500 per year

The campaign to secure a key debate in Parliament on beer duty has moved up a further gear this week, with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and the BBPA (British Beer & Pub Association) joining forces to urge publicans and pubgoers to collect signatures for the online e-petition in pubs across the country.

The e-petition already has the support of over 65,000 people. With at least 100,000 signatures needed, both organisations want as many people as possible to join the campaign and show the Government how unpopular this policy is.

A special insert has been produced with this week’s edition of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, so that supporters can be signed up easily in pubs. The process couldn’t be simpler - the petition sheets can be folded and posted back to CAMRA headquarters, free of charge. Extra petition sheets are available online at
The new move comes as the two organisations released new figures showing that a typical pub in Britain is burdened with £66,500 of Beer Tax every year – a huge drag on every pub business. The bill has risen by an astonishing 38 per cent, or £18,000 per pub, since the Government’s controversial beer duty escalator was introduced.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“The whole industry is united on this vital issue. These new figures show the unsustainable burden of this tax on pubs. Only public pressure will force the Government to think again, as further increases above inflation are planned, every year.

“The Publican’s Morning Advertiser has a reach in pubs that is second to none. This will provide a really easy way for publicans, their staff and their customers to get involved, and should be a real boost to the campaign.”

CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner comments:

“When it comes to the beer and pub industry, there is no greater common ground than the fight to end the beer duty escalator, a punitive measure which has been of huge detriment to publicans and consumers since its introduction.

“Thanks to the fantastic support of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, even more publicans will read of this important campaign and hopefully get involved by rallying their locals to sign the petition.”


For further information contact:

Jon Howard, Press Manager, CAMRA, Campaign for Real Ale:, t: 01727 798 443, m: 07939 425471, w: Campaign for Real Ale

Neil Williams, Communications Manager, BBPA:, t: 020 7627 9156, m: 07974 249779 w: British Beer & Pub Association

Save Your Pint

Notes to editors:

To sign the e-petition, go to Save Your Pint or search for ‘Stop the Beer Duty Escalator’.

The e-petition was launched by the Hobgoblin brand in February and is actively supported by many other brewing and pub companies

Beer Tax - more key figures

  • Beer tax (Duty plus VAT) per pub: £66,500
  • Average price of a pub pint of beer: £3.17
  • Duty on a 5 per cent pint of beer: 55p
  • Beer duty increase since March 2008: 42%
  • British Beer Tax, times higher than France: 9
  • British Beer Tax, times higher than Germany: 13

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. CAMRA’s membership currently numbers over 141,000 members.
Data above is based on the average annual pub sales of 210 brewers’ barrels per year (1,163 pints per week) and an average price of £3.17 per pint.

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