'I’ll drink to that!' – Readers back Camra campaign for Government to cut draught beer duty

A majority of Gazette readers say MPs should support a cut in duty for draught beer as Camra prepares to make its case to politicians on Tuesday, March 3.

By Candice Farrow
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 8:51 am
Updated Thursday, 12th March 2020, 1:07 pm
Readers have their say on a possible reduction in draught beer duty.
Readers have their say on a possible reduction in draught beer duty.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) will tell politicians in Westminster on Tuesday that there should be a preferential rate of duty for beer sold in pubs.

The introduction of a preferential rate of duty for beer served in “draught” form is meant to encourage the consumption of beer in the social environment of a pub.

We asked in our daily Facebook poll: “Do you think MPs should support a cut in duty for draught beer?”

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More than 200 readers took part in our online vote, and 82% of readers said “yes”, MPs should support a cut in duty for draught beer.

This is what readers had to say:

Robert Rain said: “Drink should be cheaper”

Chris Sayer said: “Should British or any draught beer be prioritised over British cider, gin, whisky etc? I drink more beer than anything else, but I still would like a good reason.”

Richard Abbott-Brailey said: “Support niche brewers and breweries.”

Kay Patterson said: “Support social meeting with a drink or two, not home binging.”

Julie Barnett said: “As long as it is British.”

David Holman said: “I’ll drink to that!”

Mark Thompson said: “Its a tough one. Obviously we need to save local pubs, but alas I think the horse has already bolted from most city estate pubs. And drinking habits have now changed. Even workingmen’s clubs have been severely hit.”