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UK pressure group The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for the renewal of a beer duty freeze as the government prepares to announce its latest plans for the economy.

CAMRA said UK pubs are hubs of the community and should be protected

CAMRA said UK pubs are hubs of the community and should be protected

CAMRA said the UK on-premise remains in difficulty and is still reeling from the effects of the beer duty escalator, which the Treasury halted in 2013. The group said further measures are needed to support a UK beer sector in which 21 pubs close every week.

The UK's Treasury department will give its Autumn statement on 23 November. The statement is a follow-up to the annual Budget announcement, which is given in March.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA national chairman, said today: "UK pubs and breweries are facing a great deal of uncertainty... we are seeing a significant shift from people drinking in pubs to people drinking at home.

"Pubs provide a safe, social environment to consume alcohol and in many cases act as the hub to the local community. Their continued existence, and the valued role that they play in society, should remain a priority for this government."

Other UK trade bodies, including the Wine & Spirit Trade Association, back calls for alcohol duty freezes. The beer freeze was announced earlier this year and followed a reduction in duty over the last three UK Budgets.


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