Binge Drinking on the Cards This Week as "Beer Tax" Set to Rise

By Gary Cutlack on at

Controversial plans to continue hiking the taxes we pay on beer are likely to stay in place, with the government set to continue the inflation plus two per cent annual duty rise suffered by beer drinkers in this week's budget. Expect to see men "filling their tanks" at pubs across the country on Wednesday night.

The plan to keep the beer duty escalator in place has been roundly criticised by landlords and the British Beer & Pub Association, which claim the constant tax rises and subsequent increase in the cost of pints can be blamed in part for the continuing decline and closure of so many local pubs.

The average £3.10 cost of your average sloppy pint now includes £1.02 in VAT and duty, with tax on beer having risen by over 40 per cent since 2008. [Metro]

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