Beer duty escalator campaign gains momentum
With just over two weeks to go until the Chancellor announces the budget, momentum is gathering behind CAMRA's long running campaign to end the unfair beer duty escalator. Marcus Jones, Conservative MP for Nuneaton, has secured a high profile parliamentary debate on the beer duty escalator next week. Due totake place on Tuesday 5th March, the hour and a half long debate will see MPs debate the effect of the duty escalator on communities, jobs and pubs. Speaking about the debate, Marcus said:
"The beer duty escalator is a disproportionate tax which is damaging the beer and pub industry, costing many of our communities their local pubs and the jobs that they sustain".
More and more MPs are getting behind the campaign to scrap the beer duty escalator following incredible campaigning efforts from CAMRA members. Highlights include over 108,000 people signing an e-petition, 1,200 attending a parliamentary mass lobby and over 6,000 members emailing their MPs.
Meanwhile, CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner is due to meet treasury ministers to press for the abolition of the beer duty escalator.
National paper The Sun has thrown its influential weight behind the cause, launching its new Axe Beer Tax campaign. Speaking to The Publican's Morning Advertiser, The Sun said ‘The freeze would cost Mr Osborne less than £10m- a tiny sum compared to our successful campaign to abolish fuel duty rises. Additionally, the Tax Payers' Alliance lobby group has launched their own Mash Beer Tax campaign.
Also this week, CAMRA's Head of Public Affairs Jonathan Mail joined MPs and representatives from the Society of Independent Brewers and the British Beer and Pub Association to deliver messages in a barrel to the Treasury from 60 MPs. The hand crafted barrel contained messages to the Treasury calling for an end to the beer duty escalator.
There is still time to lobby your MP using CAMRA's Beer Tax campaign site.
Picture from left to right (Keith Bott, SIBA, Marcus Jones MP, Jonathan Mail, CAMRA)