On 16 October 2018, ahead of the Autumn budget, local MP, Nick Thomas-Symonds, has lent his support to the “Long Live the Local” campaign backing the calls for the Chancellor to commit to not raising beer duty higher than its current rate. The campaign highlights the role pubs play in local communities and raises awareness of the impact that taxation on beer and pubs has to local jobs, and by extension, communities.

The campaign, backed by Britain’s Beer Alliance, warns that currently one in every three pounds spent in pubs foes to the taxman.

In Torfaen, the pub and brewing sector plays a dynamic part of the local economy supporting 660 jobs locally, including 231 jobs for 16-24 in the constituency, and almost 900,000 jobs across the wider UK. According to research by the British Beer and Pub Association, this equates to approximately £7.5million in wages, with £1.5million invested, £9.9million in taxes paid and £14.3million in contributions to the gross value added to GDP by Torfaen pubs.

The Chancellor is due to make any announcements regarding further increases to beer taxation at the annual Autumn Budget, scheduled for 29 October 2018.

When asked about this matter, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP stated:

“I know that this is an important issue and many of my constituents have reached out to share their concerns about beer taxation with me. Pubs are at the heart of the UK’s communities and play an important role in our national economy, and I will continue to call for pubs to be given the support that is necessary for them to thrive and grow.”

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