Local MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed the announcements in the Budget that were supportive for local pubs. The freeze in beer duty announced by the Chancellor means that a pint is now 11p cheaper than it would have been under Labour’s plans. The Chancellor’s announcement on changes to business rates also means that from April 2017, overall pubs will be better off by an average of £1,100 per year, and over 16,500 will pay no business rates at all, some 40% of the total.
Burton’s MP and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Andrew Griffiths, said: “The freeze in beer duty and changes to business rates announced by the Chancellor in his Budget will be a real boost for our locals. Following on from three cuts to beer duty and the scrapping of Labour’s hated beer duty escalator, this shows that this is a Government that continues to support Britain’s pubs and breweries.”
The beer duty freeze announced in this year’s Budget comes after three successive cuts to beer duty by Chancellor George Osborne in the last three years, and the scrapping of the beer duty escalator which increased the duty on a pint every year.
Figures from the British Beer and Pub Association show that 81% of pubs will benefit from either the small business multiplier or small business rate relief or both, and that on average pubs will be better off by £1,100 per year.
Prime Minister David Cameron also announced at Prime Minister’s Questions this week that pubs would be allowed extended opening hours to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.