Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs black country pubs

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to cut beer duty in his upcoming Budget.

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Austin is supporting the Long Live Local campaign by the British Beer & Pub Association, set up because of the huge pressure local pubs are under from beer duty and business rates.

Currently, three pubs are closing their doors every day, with £1 in every £3 spent in a pub going to the Treasury. British pub-goers pay 40% of all beer duty across the EU, but drink only 12% of the beer.

Austin is a member of CAMRA and has worked hard to support local brewers, lobbied for duty cuts on beer in the past, help for ailing pubs and campaigned to have Black Country beers served in Parliament.

In 2014 he was officially recognised for his support for British beer industry by being awarded the Parliamentary Beer Champion award by the Campaign for Real Ale, the British Beer & Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers.

Ian Austin said:

“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain and some cracking pubs, so I’m a big fan of local beer – not just as a consumer, but because of the business and jobs these brilliant local companies provide.

“I’m a CAMRA member and I’ve always worked hard to support their campaigns for local pubs.

“I am showing my support for the Long Live Local campaign by calling on the Chancellor to cut beer duty. Pubs play a vital role in local communities and I don’t want to see any more popular locals closing downs because of the pressure from beer duty.”

 

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