Duty freeze could boost jobs

• Simmonds has called for a duty freeze.
• Simmonds has called for a duty freeze.

A FREEZE in beer duty in this year’s Budget could secure 2400 jobs, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

In a submission to Nicky Morgan MP, economic secretary to the Treasury, the BBPA argued that a duty freeze would create jobs at little cost to the UK government.
BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said there is “a compelling case for a beer duty freeze”.
“And in avoiding further damage to beer and pub businesses, a freeze can be achieved with virtually no cost to the Treasury,” said Simmonds. “It is a win-win situation for the government.”