UK Pubs Need a Break From Tax Hikes

November 13, 2017 Taxation in UK

pubLONDON – The great British pub may be dying, and it needs tax relief in order to survive.

Last week a group of 50 Ministers of Parliament of the UK sent a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, calling for a freeze to beer duties and the implementation of a new business relief package for pubs.

It has been suggested by experts that pubs in the UK are some of the last public meeting spaces in the country, and are integral to life in the UK.

It is currently estimated that pubs in the UK are closing down at a rate of as much as 21 per week.

The letter called for the government to ensure that in the upcoming Autumn Budget there is freeze to the rate of beer duty.

Further, the letter calls for the current pub-specific tax relief package to be raised from GBP 1 000 to GBP 5 000 per year.

Between the years of 2008 and 2013, beer duty was raised by the rate of inflation plus 2 percent each year.

The increases equated to a total increase in duties of 42 percent, and resulted in the closure of 7 000 jobs, and the loss of 58 000 beer-related jobs.