BBPA distributes 200,000 ‘Cut Beer Tax’ mats to pubs

24/10/2017 - 07:00
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has distributed over 200,000 beer duty-themed beer mats to 2,000 pubs across the UK.

Produced in conjunction with the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the BBPA came up with the idea as a way to highlight to customers “ the dangers of another beer tax rise”.

According to BBPA chair, Brigid Simmonds, beer duty has increased by 39% over the last ten years.

“I want to thank BBPA members and the 2,000 pubs that are joining the Cut Beer Tax campaign,” said Simmonds.

“Let’s encourage beer drinkers to write to their MP voicing their concern about yet another, planned tax rise in the Budget on 22nd November.”

The mats display a message reading ‘high taxes make your drink more expensive’ along with directions to the BBPA’s campaign website.

Most mats have been distributed nationally through BBPA members but will also sit on the tables of pubs near the Houses of Parliament.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “UK beer duty is already three times the EU average. We’ve already had a four per cent rise this year, and with current economic uncertainty, pubs, their workforce, and their customers simply can’t afford another tax increase.”

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