Hunt announces ‘Brexit pubs guarantee’ by freezing draught duty

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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Budget will have been welcomed by publicans today as he announced measures to help the great British pub. He said it was a “Brexit pubs guarantee” with draught relief being up to 11p lower than the relief for supermarkets.

Jeremy Hunt said he would “significantly increase the generosity of draught relief”, saying this could not be done when the UK was in the EU.

He told MPs: “From August 1 the duty on draught products in pubs will be up to 11p lower than the duty in supermarkets, a differential we will maintain as part of a new Brexit pubs guarantee.

“British ale may be warm, but the duty on a pint is frozen.”

Mr Hunt said the change will apply to “every pub in Northern Ireland” due to the Windsor Framework.

CAMRA’s campaign manager Paul Edgeworth tweeted his support, saying “Good news in #Budget2023 that from August tax on draught beer and cider in pubs, taprooms and social clubs will be 11p lower than the duty in supermarkets.

“This will help to incentivise pub going and has been a key CAMRA campaign.”

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