CARA (the Campaign for Real Ale) is calling on the government to cut the tax on draught beer.
The campaign is urging chancellor Rishi Sunak to commit to cutting the tax charged on beer served on tap in pubs and social clubs to help them rebuild their businesses once the pandemic is over.
In their letter to Sunak, the campaign asked for a continuation of the furlough scheme, the implementation of another business rates holiday and an extension of the VAT reduction to beer to support wet-led pubs.
Niki Antona, CARA’s national chairman, said: “The next budget is an ideal time for the Government to announce some much-needed long-term financial support to help the beer and pubs industry recover from the COVID crisis.
“As well as ongoing support whilst restrictions on trading remain, we would like to see a long-term change to the way beer is taxed to reduce the price of a pint specifically for pub-goers.”
She added: “This move would help pubs rebuild their businesses, compete with cheap supermarket booze and secure their future at the heart of our communities.”