Julian calls for an overhaul of how we Tax Beer and Pubs
December 1, 2020
At today’s Treasury Questions, Julian made it clear that now is the time to address an issue that was long overdue prior to the pandemic, namely overhauling how we tax beer and pubs. Pubs are community assets and real ale is a fantastic product; both need protecting.
Julian would like to see current proposed changes to beer duty reviewed to help offer further support to pubs as well as smaller breweries. As well as being blessed with many fantastic pubs, in Yorkshire we are also fortunate to have a range of great breweries so any support must also help the entire supply chain.
Earlier this year Julian joined Ben Everitt MP in writing to the Chancellor to call for further support for small independent breweries by halving beer duty bills, allowing 60 days for beer duty to be repaid and reforming Small Breweries’ Relief. Current proposals to reform Small Breweries’ Relief are not satisfactory so Julian is currently lobbying Ministers, along with Ben and other MPs who originally joined the campaign, to help protect relief for the smallest breweries but also help ensure that the reduction in support for the largest breweries receiving relief doesn’t disincentivise growth.
Julian will continue to push for support for our local, community pubs so they can survive the pandemic and are allowed to thrive again when normal service resumes.