Twelve British Pubs are closing every week according to new figures released today by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Statistics indicate that Lancashire and West Midlands have been the hardest hit and over 300 Community pubs have closed between September 2011 and March 2012.
CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner had this to say:
‘Unsustainable beer tax increases by the Government are ripping the heart out of community centres, but with over 33,000 consumers having recently signed the beer tax e-petition, beer drinkers and pub goers are actively voicing their discontent. CAMRA is now campaigning to secure 100,000 signatures, which would force Parliament to debate above inflation rises in beer duty.’
CAMRA believes that this Parliamentary debate about the cost of beer duty to pubs would help to ease the pressure on the Pub trade. Since 2008 beer duty has increased 42%, CAMRA through this research has shown that ‘73% of regular pub goers’ would welcome a stop on beer duty.
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