We look to the Chancellor to immediately rule out any increase in alcohol taxes, and commit the Government to cutting duty over the next three years. The Brewing industry continues to be hit by unfair and, in most cases, illegal competition by cross-Channel cowboys supplying beer for sale having paid duty only at the much smaller continental rate. Ten million pints of cheap foreign beer enter the country each week. When will the Treasury wake up?
[The Budget on 2-Jul-1997 raised duty by 3% from 1-Jan-1998 (1% by the Government inflates to 3% for publicans) but the Government is holding a comprehensive review of alcohol & tobacco duties, to be completed by then.]
CAMRA believes the way forward is to retain the principle of the tie, but to protect the interests of tenants; to eliminate the loophole in planning law by which many changes of use for pubs do not require planning permission; to defend and extend the successful guest beer law.
For more information, see CAMRA Campaigns.
ALE Summer 1997 No. 288
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