Call to abolish tax on low-strength beer
pubs and sensible drinking
The Campaign for Real Ale has called today (5 August) for low-strength draught beers to be "zero rated" for excise duty in a bid to win people back to pubs. CAMRA says that beers of 2.8% ABV or less should not be taxed in a bid to counter cheap beers sold in supermarkets.
If duty were removed, the price of low-strength draught beers would be reduced by around 60 pence a pint, the campaign claims. The consumer group is showcasing Welton's Pride 'n Joy, 2.8%, at this week's Great British Beer Festival at Earl's Court in London.
CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner, said: "Zero duty on low-strength beer is a win-win scenario for brewers, pubs and consumers. Low-strength beer can be packed with flavour -- low strength does not translate into a reduction in flavour. It also makes it easier for people to drink responsibly."
*CAMRA is celebrating reaching the milestone of 100,000 members, the highest number in its history.