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MP Welcomes Beer Duty Freeze

Friday March 22 2013

MP John Healey MP John Healey

MP JOHN Healey has welcomed news that the price of pint is coming down.

The Chancellor announced a beer tax cut in the Budget, and Mr Healey asked him to do just that on last year's Budget Day to stop pub closures and falling beer sales.

The beer-loving MP repeated his calls earlier this month in joining a campaign calling for a freeze in beer duty.

Mr Healey told the Chancellor earlier this month: “Beer is a great British industry and tradition; the temporary beer duty escalator was set to end last year and is now doing great damage to our pubs and brewers. Every year you extend the escalator makes it harder for the industry to recover.“

Mr Healey said: “The beer and pub industry is worth millions to the local economy, and people rightly value their local as the hub of their community."

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Reply Posted by bryn on Friday March 22 2013 at 14:16
so the price of alcohol as come down so what about the bars in the house of commons will they give them a penny when they get a free drink?

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday March 22 2013 at 23:01
Perhaps if I see the brewery wagon deliver instead of white van man I may try my local again. In the meantime I'll take a 10 minute taxi for a nice pint instead of a 5 minute walk for 'slops'.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Saturday March 23 2013 at 12:00
Stick it up your arse John, as if a 1p drop is going to save the ailing british pub industry.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday March 25 2013 at 21:59
If it were left to Labour beer would be £5 a pint, and all the pubs would be shut. The beer tax escalator they introduced has decimated the traditional British pub.!!

Reply Posted by Paul on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 16:12
Fascinating, I have to drink 100 pints to save a quid, way to go George.

Reply Posted by DAVRUS on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 22:09
what will this achieve,running costs of a pub or club,are still escalating therefor the price of a pint will increase between 5 - 10p a pint