*image from Long Live the Local parliamentary reception 2019
Britain's beer and pub industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 epidemic and faces a more challenging time than it has ever experienced in the past. In light of the current situation, campaign group Long Live the Local is calling on Government for a 25% reduction in Beer Duty.
Jon Cruddas MP has been a supporter of Long Live the Local since the campaign was established and has written to the Chancellor on many occasions demanding that the Government do more to support British pubs.
Jon said: "I'm urging the Chancellor to suspend Beer Duty during the course of the second lockdown. Even though my constituency has the lowest number of pubs in London the industry is still worth over £16 million to our local economy. A suspension of Beer Duty would hand a lifeline to small independent brewers and local pubs and it is a simple way to support the industry through these difficult times."
There are 22 pubs across Dagenham and Rainham which support over 400 local jobs. As Covid-19 continues to devastate pubs and breweries they will struggle to recover without support. A suspension and cut in Beer Duty will help the industry weather the storm and allow pubs and breweries to kickstart growth and job creation when normality resumes.