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CAMRA makes supermarket demands

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is asking the government to consider a levy on alcohol sold in supermarkets.

The suggestion that there should be a levy on the bottles and cans sales in the off-trade comes at the same time as requests that the government review alcohol taxes.

CAMRA has also suggested a “preferential” duty rate on draught drinks sold in pubs.

It has repeated its demand for an end to the duty escalator and wants an introduction of a “long-term strategy to reduce the level of taxation on beer to support the viability of brewers and community pubs” as well as the ratio between beer and spirits tax to return to “1995 levels”.

“The introduction of the beer duty escalator has imposed significant harm on pubs and pub-going responsible drinkers without meaningfully reducing problem drinking,” the submission stated.

Other recommendations included a zero rate of duty on beers below 2.8% abv, and work towards establishing a reduced rate of duty for beers below 3.5% abv and the retention of small breweries’ relief.

Ben McFarland, 27.09.2010

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