Pub closures spark beer tax plea

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Eight pubs closed every week in towns between last September and March, Camra said Eight pubs closed every week in towns between last September and March, Camra said

Pubs are closing at the rate of 12 a week, with "crippling" beer taxes threatening the future of the industry, the Government has been warned.

Real ale campaign group Camra said that between last September and March, eight pubs closed every week in towns and four in rural areas.

Lancashire and the West Midlands were hardest hit by the closures, according to the study covering England, Wales and Scotland.

Camra said more than 33,000 consumers have now signed a national e-petition calling for an end to above-inflation beer tax increases in response to a 42% increase in duty since 2008.

Camra's chief executive Mike Benner said: "Whether situated in a small village, city high street, or on the edge of a housing estate, pubs are so central to our society that whole communities can grow around a particular pub.

"A threat to the future of traditional pubs is therefore also a threat to countless social groups within Britain that thrive because of their local.

"Unsustainable beer tax increases by the Government are ripping the heart out of community centres, but with over 33,000 consumers having recently signed the beer tax e-petition, beer drinkers and pub-goers are actively voicing their discontent."

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2:47pm Mon 30 Apr 12

doctor1970 says...

Beer tax you're having laugh, what next pavement tax.
Beer tax you're having laugh, what next pavement tax. doctor1970

2:48pm Mon 30 Apr 12

doctor1970 says...

Beer tax you're having laugh, what next pavement tax.
Beer tax you're having laugh, what next pavement tax. doctor1970

9:38am Tue 1 May 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

the reason that pubs are closing is in part the prevalence of 'buy one slab of lager for a fiver, get one free' loss leader offers from the supermarket chains who probably pay the Government a few nice little backhanders for the privilege and pub chains don't cough up and so suffer
the reason that pubs are closing is in part the prevalence of 'buy one slab of lager for a fiver, get one free' loss leader offers from the supermarket chains who probably pay the Government a few nice little backhanders for the privilege and pub chains don't cough up and so suffer The Cater Wood Creeper
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