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Dorset MP Fights To Keep The Price Of A Pint Down

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8:31am 8th November 2012

Have you seen a steady increase on the price of YOUR pint of beer over the last four years in Dorset?

Well, that's because the tax on beer is rising.

South Dorset MP, Richard Drax, has called for a HOLD on tax during a Commons debate earlier this week.

In a Commons debate on the tax, Drax said, "Brewing has been cruelly lumbered with a two per cent above-inflation increase every year since 2008."

"That means a 27 per cent increase in beer tax in the life of this Parliament alone. Beer taxation now costs the average pub about £66,000 a year, with 35 pence in every pound taken over the bar being passed on in taxes."

"A pint of beer is, sadly, fast becoming an unaffordable luxury."

Saying that in his South Dorset constituency alone, over 2,000 people were employed in the pub and brewing sector, Drax said, "In the struggle for growth, how can it make sense to strangle this vital part of the UK economy?"

"UK consumers now pay 40 per cent of the total EU beer tax bill, yet we consume only 13 per cent of the beer."

"Pubs have historically been a focal point for a community—a place to meet, eat, drink and socialise. Our naturally brewed ales are world renowned, and pubs are high on every tourist’s must-see list. Smaller, tenanted pubs, in particular, are suffering, and each new rise in duty is nothing less than a kick in the teeth."

"We are penalising one of Britain’s oldest and most cherished industries."

"We are driving people out of pubs where, in the main, law-abiding citizens consume a low alcohol drink in a controlled environment."

Concerned Dorchester pubs owners have met to discuss how they can fight back.

Julie from The George in Trinity Street isn't too optimistic though.

 

 

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