Mike Wood Instrumental in Freezing Beer Duty

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Presenting a letter to the Treasury calling for a beer duty freeze in the Budget

Dudley South’s MP, Mike Wood, has praised the Chancellor’s announcement to freeze beer duty for another year during yesterday’s Budget. 

This was a very welcome announcement and provided an early Christmas present for pubs and pub goers, saving the trade over £100 million and securing thousands of jobs. 

As Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Beer and Brewing, Mike Wood has fully supported the beer and brewing industry since he was elected to Parliament in 2015, lobbying the Government in successive Budgets to freeze beer duty. 

Over the last few months, Mike organised meetings between Treasury Ministers and industry representatives to discuss the impact that the recent increases in beer duty and business rates have had on UK brewers and, in particular, pubs. 

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Mike Wood said, “I’m absolutely delighted that the Chancellor has agreed to our campaign for another freeze in beer duty.

“More than 1,100 jobs in Dudley South rely on the pubs and brewing industries, contributing £37.2million to our local economy. This is good news for local pubs and good news for consumers."

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said, “This is a big step in the right direction and a huge help for pubs across the UK that are struggling. I hope we can continue to build on this success in the future and we will continue to celebrate the vital role that local pubs play in communities and highlight the ongoing pressures they face.” 

“I’m absolutely delighted that the Chancellor has agreed to our campaign for another freeze in beer duty.

“More than 1,100 jobs in Dudley South rely on the pubs and brewing industries, contributing £37.2million to our local economy. This is good news for local pubs and good news for consumers."