Sunday, April 12, 2009

Save the Great British Pub

With nearly 6 pubs closing every day of the week, and Cambridge pubs under threat, we believe that the Government should be doing more to save the Great British pub.

33% of the price of every pint goes in Beer Tax to the Chancellor. Now the Government plans to increase beer tax further.

We are calling on the Government to help save our pubs and safeguard jobs by:
  1. Cutting taxes on lower alcohol drinks such as low alcohol beers and raising taxes on problem drinks like high strength ciders; and alcopops in order to use the tax system to target binge drinking whilst ensuring that responsible drinkers and the traditional British pub are not unfairly penalised;
  2. Enforcing existing laws to deal firmly with irresponsible drinkers & premises;
  3. Trusting adults to make informed choices, not punish them for the actions of an irresponsible minority; and
  4. Supporting the British pub as a vital part of local communities.

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