Crippling beer taxes to close more great London pubs

Over the last 4 years the beer tax in the UK has climbed more than 40 per cent. Just as the GFC kicked off, the government made it even tougher for this iconic and unique industry which undoubtedly supports the drive for tourists to visit Ye Olde London Town.

And, on top of the GFC and the huge increases in taxes, as we wrote about a few months ago, more ‘free house’ pubs close than tenanted or leased pubs in the UK and London. If you bought a ‘free house’ pub in 2007 or 2008 you have certainly had enough challenges it seems, without the government taxing you even more.

With more than 7,000 pubs in London, and over 52,000 in the UK, people may think we could afford to lose a few. But we believe the old English pub is an important community asset in most areas – where people come together for a yarn, to bond, share their news (good and bad) and seek support and friendship.

CAMRA and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) are supporting a national e-petition calling for a stop to the beer tax increases, which are above inflation. More than 30,000 consumers have already signed the e-petition.

How much have the beer taxes risen in the UK since 2008!?

Neil Williams, the BBPA communications manager, said: “Huge beer tax hikes are a real body blow to London’s pubs and pub goers.” As we have written about before, a few years ago more than 52 UK pubs close weekly but last year we reported the pub closure rate in London and the UK had slowed.

Mr Williams went on to say about the increasing tax on beer:

“Overall, we’ve seen rises of 42 per cent since March 2008, when this controversial policy came in. Undoubtedly, it has been shutting jobs, and costing jobs in a key industry in the capital which is worth around £3bn to London’s economy, and employs over 70,000 local people. We really need a rethink.”

Of course all of us here at The London Pub Crawl Company do all (the pints) we can to help keep as many fantastic English pubs open.

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