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Beer duty issue to escalate at GBBF

The drinks industry is set to make a major push to get the petition to scrap the beer duty escalator to 100,000 signatures during Camra’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) this week.

The petition needs to hit 100,000 to force a debate on the issue in the House of Commons and is currently at 72,000 – almost three-quarters of the way there.

The escalator puts up the tax on a pint by 2% above inflation every year, which has contributed to a 42% tax hike since 2008.

Camra representatives working at the event will be wearing t-shirts bringing the campaign to everyone’s attention.

“Pushing the message about tax and beer is certainly something we will continue to drive,” said James Coyle, director of marketing & take home for Marston’s Beer and Pub Company. “This event is a great place where we can obviously try to add to the 70,000 thousand names that are already on the petition.”

The festival opens to the public at 5pm this afternoon and then opens every day until the last day, Sunday.

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