Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a Parliamentary Motion which calls for a Government review of the controversial beer duty escalator. The motion was debated in the House of Commons on Thursday 1st November.
There have been overwhelming calls from the public for the Government to review this unpopular tax as since the introduction of the beer duty escalator in March 2008, beer duty has increased by 42% and beer sales have fallen by 15%. Over this period, 6,000 pubs closed their doors for good, with beer taxation costing the average pub around £66,000 per year.
Commenting, Mike said: “I know from speaking to publicans that the bars and pubs in my constituency struggle to keep their businesses profitable. Earlier in the year I did a Friday night shift at a local pub and saw first-hand the difficulties of running a profitable establishment. This is an unpopular tax that is hurting small businesses across the country, which is why the Government should review the escalator as a matter of urgency.”