Euro MP Paul in plea to cut beer duty

BOLTON Euro MP Paul Nuttall has accused George Osborne of “hammering the final nail” into the “ailing pub trade”.

The UKIP deputy leader, who represents the borough in the European Parliament, claims the Chancellor will lose £100 million this year because beer taxes are “too high” and punters are cutting back on their favourite tipples.

Mr Nuttall runs UKIP's “Save the Pub” campaign and the party claims beer drinkers pay 42 per cent more in tax since the beer duty escalator was introduced in 2008, with a billion fewer pints now being drunk.

Mr Nuttall said: “Pubs are at the centre of communities but they have been decimated by a number of factors and the picture is increasingly bleak.

“Beer duty needs to be cut to encourage drinkers back into pubs and it would also help the micro brewery industry in this country.

“It is obvious that beer taxes are too high and this is driving drinkers away.”

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11:06am Tue 18 Dec 12

Tim Burr says...

Nutt-all, needs to get out of Brussels more often. Most pubs have switched to eateries. Spoons do a pint at £1.70 with a camra card and some in Bolton are even less. If duty was cut, greedy pub co's would still put their prices up and given their are very few independents, the greedy pub co's dictate the industry pricing. We would all welcome a drop in tax, I doubt if we would benefit though.

BTW, who is Paul Nuttall?
Nutt-all, needs to get out of Brussels more often. Most pubs have switched to eateries. Spoons do a pint at £1.70 with a camra card and some in Bolton are even less. If duty was cut, greedy pub co's would still put their prices up and given their are very few independents, the greedy pub co's dictate the industry pricing. We would all welcome a drop in tax, I doubt if we would benefit though. BTW, who is Paul Nuttall? Tim Burr
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5:46pm Tue 18 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

This article is enough to drive you to drink.
This article is enough to drive you to drink. boltonnut
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