Beer duty relief unlikely despite minimum alcohol pricing u-turn

PUBS are unlikely to receive a respite from rising taxes on pints this week, with industry insiders expecting no change to the beer duty escalator despite vociferous campaigning and the coalition abandoning plans for minimum alcohol pricing.

The controversial duty escalator, which increases taxes on beer by two per cent above inflation each year, appears set to remain in Wednesday’s Budget. It will add around 5.7p to the cost of a pint, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

The rise comes in spite of the coalition appearing to have abandoned plans for a 45p-per-unit minimum alcohol price due to the burden on responsible, middle-class drinkers.

The BBPA argues that the rise will cost around 5,000 jobs.

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