The People says the planned 3p-a-pint increase, which was scheduled to
go ahead as part of the Chancellor’s pledge to raise alcohol duty by
2% on top of inflation, has been scuppered.
There is no mention of whether the reported duty freeze would apply to
The newspaper claims that the Prime Minister has been swayed by trade
arguments that a further duty increase could be the final nail in the
coffin for 2,000 pubs, risking up to 59,000 jobs.
Brown is thought to be nervous of increasing beer duty in the
recession, and is reported to be against using tax to punish an
irresponsible minority of alcohol drinkers.