Pubs face an annual bill from the government of more than £122,000 each, according to new figures published by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
Beer and other alcohol duties land a typical pub with a cost of £33,000, with business rates coming in at £12,500 per premises. VAT is £66,000 per pub and a host of other taxes and regulatory costs brings the total bill to £122,000.
The BBPA says that, as a minimum, a freeze in beer duty in the Budget on 19th March is the most immediate way the government can tackle the huge bill for pubs across the country.
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “These new figures show the financial burden that excessive taxes and regulation place on pubs. This government has shown that it understands the scale of the problem, but more action on taxation is needed, and action on beer duty, in the Budget on 19th March, is the best place to start.”