East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs asking for a reduction in the tax paid on beer in the 2021 Autumn Budget.
Greg says: “At present a pint of beer in Britain is taxed at a rate 11 times higher than the equivalent in Germany or Spain. In the UK people pay 54p in duty on a pint of 5% beer, while in Spain and Germany the equivalent duty would be just 5p.
Sir Greg points out that many businesses in the hospitality sector are struggling to survive including some pubs in East Yorkshire, due partly to the impact of the pandemic.
He said: “Pubs are the heart of many communities, especially in rural areas, and are a vital part of the UK economy. They play an important role too in boosting tourism.”
During the pandemic our pubs have really suffered, while alcohol sales in supermarkets boomed. Now it is time to reduce the tax burden to help these valued community businesses thrive.”
Sir Greg has previously been acknowledged as a ‘Beer Champion’ by the British Beer & Pub Association for helping to secure beer duty cuts in previous budgets.
He is a supporter of the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign.