The e-petition to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator, which INCREASES TAXATION ON BEER BY 2% ABOVE INFLATION EVERY YEAR may have reached its milestone to be put forward to be debated in the House of Commons but this is not the end, it’s the beginning.
I’m asking you to write to your MPs, you can find their email addresses here, to support this bill and get this incredibly damaging piece of legislation overturned.
Why? Well it’s not just about the wording in the petition, started by Wychwood Brewery, and is right in every way, it’s also that if we don’t do something to stop the constant over-taxation of beer, all those wonderful new microbreweries and boutique brews that we’ve all been enjoying will simply not be able to sustain themselves in a shrinking pub market.
To make this as simple as possible for you to do, as I know we all lead super-busy lives, I’ve provided some copy that you can simply cut and paste into an email, partially-based on the petition wording, that will take you about two minutes to send to your MP (don’t forget your address on the email or they can’t communicate with you).
As your constituent I’d be grateful if you’d consider supporting the campaign to halt the Beer Duty Escalator as the epetition, to be found here, has now reached the requisite 100,000 figures to be put forward to the House.
Put simply, the numbers of the beer escalator do not add up and, if it stays in place, this piece of legislation is in danger of squeezing medium-sized brewers, that don’t qualify for the sliding scale of duty, out of business and also halting the exploding micro-brewery market – which creates valuable jobs in many communities.
There is also the issue of the enormous, and immensely damaging, impact these increasing taxes are having on the pub trade, which is already under enormous pressure from the state of the economy and low-price supermarket alcohol.
If you would like to know more you can also contact Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, who is spearheading the campaign in his role as chairperson of the All Party Parliamentary Save The Pub Group.
Thank you for your time.