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Over 100 Tory backbenchers plea with Chancellor to maintain a freeze on alcohol duties

22nd Oct 21 1:17 pm

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged in a letter by more than 100 Tory MPs to keep a freeze on alcohol duties and cut the price on draught beer.

The Tory backbenchers are asking the Chancellor to do more to help pubs and the nightlife sector dueing his Budget on the 27 October.

The Tory MPs wrote, “A lower beer duty on draught sales in pubs, clubs and bars, compared to off sales in supermarkets, would be a huge boost to their ability to prosper and rebuild from Covid.

“Moreover, it would be easy to understand, simple to administer, and importantly, demonstrate this government’s clear commitment to Britain’s pubs.”

MP Richard Holden who is urging Sunak to lower draught beer duty said, “Our pubs are the heart and soul of our communities.

“The support given to pubs through furlough and grants throughout the global pandemic has been great but there is no denying that the hospitality sector has been hit harder than any other by the pandemic.

“That is why I am leading the call from over 100 colleagues for the chancellor to cut draught beer duty.

“A cut will not only significantly bolster our much loved pubs across our towns and villages, but also have great knock-on effects for British agriculture and employment, especially for young people in our hospitality sector.

“Over 100 fellow Conservative MPs and I hope that after a tough period, the chancellor will give our pubs and clubs something to raise a drink to this budget.”

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