Rugby real ale campaigners celebrate scrapping of beer duty

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The Rugby branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is celebrating after the beer duty escalator was scrapped in last week’s budget.

The campaign group had been protesting about the planned changes which would have seen 3p added to the price of beer.

Instead it was announced in the 2013 budget last week that the beer duty had been scrapped and replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint.

Steve Heighton, spokesman for Rugby CAMRA, said: “CAMRA has been campaigning nationally for the scrapping of this year on year above inflation rate increase on beer duty.

“CAMRA raised the 100,000 petition signatures to have the issue raised in Parliament and in December local members joined a mass rally to hear MPs speak about it.

“The budget news that this odious and grossly unfair tax on pub goers is a significant change in Government policy.”