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Save the pub petition

Campaign launches to stop 10p being added to every pint in tax

Published on March 15th 2011.

Save the pub petition

A campaign against a proposed future duty rise on alcohol has been launched by the British Beer and Pub Association and is calling on people to petition their MPs against the rise.

Ricky Hatton says: “I'm delighted to be backing this campaign. Local pubs are the heart of communities like mine. They deserve our support.”

The ‘I’m Backing the Pub’ campaign follows hot on the heels of the ‘Axe the Beer Tax – Save the Pub’ campaign that was launched in November 2008. The previous campaign helped to win the backing of over 200 MPs to highlight the public’s concern over falling sales and pub closures.

This new campaign is aiming to bring together all the industries that rely on or are affected by what happens to pubs. They want to show politicians the scale of the contribution that pubs make to life within Britain whilst highlighting the potential negative effects that increased taxation and regulation can cause the industry.

Currently the campaign is urging people to email their MP and ask them to support a motion in Parliament which asks the Government to rethink the proposed increase in alcohol duty so soon after the increase in VAT.

‘I’m Backing the Pub’ claims this would add, on average, ten pence to the price of a pint on top of the six pence increase due to the VAT increase in January.

The hope is that a successful campaign will make the Government think again and alleviate the pressure on the smaller community pubs, helping to keep jobs secure at a time of high unemployment where opportunities are limited in small communities.

The ‘I’m Backing the Pub’ website has a handy tool to help petition your MP to support the motion against the proposed increase in alcohol duty, which is expected in the Budget later this month. All that it requires is a postcode to be entered and it will find your MP’s details; it then supplies you with a pre-composed letter ready to be emailed straight to them. Eighty MPs have shown their support for the motion so far.

The campaign is being lead by the British Beer and Pub Association whose members brew 98 percent of the UK’s beer and own over half of the 54,000 pubs within Britain. Several high profile organisations have also backed the campaign including; the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Society of Independent Brewers, Football Supporters Association and Visit Britain.

Several celebrities have lent their support, including: actors Kym Marsh and Neil Morrisey with boxing champion Ricky Hatton saying: “I'm delighted to be backing this campaign. Local pubs are the heart of communities like mine. They deserve our support.”

It is hoped that this grass roots approach will allow everyone who cares about their local pub to be heard and represented.

To bring the campaign to the MP’s attention visit www.backthepub.com

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Martha LonghurstMarch 14th 2011.

Whilst I sympathise with the cause and am appalled by the terribly high number of pub closures in recent years, to ignore the role of the pub companies in this is to ignore the elephant in the room.

Whilst they rake in profits their managers go out of business because they simply can't make a living.

Remember how when prices were much lower how whenever the Chancellor put 1p or 2p duty increase on the price of a pint of beer, the breweries/pub companies would shove on a 10p rise of their own. And that was a greater percentage rise than the proposed 16p on a pint that already costs over £3.

Pubs that have managed to survive the smoking ban are being strangled to death by the greed of the pub companies that own them. Even this terrible government can't take all the blame for this.

Doc_daneekaMarch 14th 2011.

I second that.
My sympathies lie with the landlords but the Giant Pub cos are an amoral blight on the industry.
That the competition comission found that the beer tie had no effect on compeition and the consumer was a travesty and so is the shady antics of The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group who take the pub cos shilling.

Gina NdtonicMarch 15th 2011.

Just opposing the increase in tax on alcohol ignores the point - pubs are struggling. Doc_Daneeka is right to draw attention to the effects of the Giant Pub Companies. They accelerated the demise by buying up pubs as property and subsequently running the businesses down with their exploitative and onerous tenancies agreements; offered to naive individuals 'Could you run this pub?' ( when we will make you pay over the odds for your top selling lines, whilst waiting for the business to further decline and the property collapse so we can knock it down and sell the land for development.

No, what we need is a higher tax on alcohol sold retail and a return to drinking under the watchful eye of empowered licensees running good friendly and sociable businesses. The pub is an important part of British life, it gives accessible counselling and social therapy to many who are isolated in our modern rat race world. A rat race from which many are excluded.

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