BBPA Chairman Jonathan Neame highlights beer and pub trade tax burden

Posted: 18 October 2012

Blog category: News

In his speech to the BBPA Annual dinner last night, BBPA Chairman Jonathan Neame called for action on the brewing and pub industry’s “crushing” tax burden, as well as highlighting achievements in the past year:
 
When we pay 40 to 50 per cent of all revenues in excise duty and VAT, and Starbucks paying next to nothing - something is very wrong with our system,” he said.
 
This tax burden is despised by pubgoers, hated by beer drinkers, and is crushing for licensees.  This is a tax on socialising, on communities, on friendship.  It hits the poorest in our society hardest.
 
You can read the full speech on the BBPA website here.