Campaigners have won a concession in forthcoming draught beer duty changes with the chancellor saying the new rates will now apply to smaller beer and cider containers.
When a new rate of duty for draught beer and cider was announced by previous chancellor Rishi Sunak, he said it would apply to products in containers of 40 litres and over.
However, many craft beer producers use 20-litre containers, while the use of 36-pint pins is common for micro- and smaller pubs, who have small turnover or want to offer a broader range.
We still don’t know when the changes will come into effect, with the chancellor saying they’re still subject to consultation. He also added that there would be no rise in beer or cider — or wine or spirits — duty generally.
It remains to be seen, though, how much the change will mean to brewers and cider-makers when energy and other costs remain sky high.
The Campaign for Pubs notes no mention of VAT or business rates…
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, also mentions business rates and VAT…