Belper MP, Pauline Latham has welcomed the news that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has scrapped plans to increase beer duty.
The Tory policitian made the comments following George Osborne’s budget which saw a planned 3p rise replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint.
Mrs Latham said: “The previous Government increased beer duty by 60 per cent and left our pubs fighting for survival.
“We’ve not only scrapped the planned increase – we’ve actually cut it. It’s great for beer-drinkers, it’s great for breweries, and it’s great for the 4,525 brilliant pubs that we have here in the East Midlands”.
The brewing industry and real ale drinkers’ group Camra also welcomed the news as “brilliant” and “momentous”.