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THE price of a pint of beer is set to rise by up to 10p, more pubs will close and thousands of jobs lost after the Government pressed ahead with planned alcohol tax rises, campaigners warned yesterday.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) attacked the Chancellor's decision to impose a "damaging" 7.2% increase in beer duty, saying that the average duty and VAT on a pub pint will now exceed pounds 1. Camra said it feared the price of a pint of beer will rise by 10p from next Monday, driving even more customers away and leading to the closure of more pubs, currently running at 25 a week.

Beer tax has now increased by over a third since 2008, taking the average price of a pint of real ale to pounds 2.84, and pounds 3.02 for a pint of lager, figures which will now increase in the wake of the announcements.

Mike Benner, Camra's chief executive, said: "It is incredible to consider that Britain's beer drinkers are forced to endure the second highest rate of beer tax in Europe, particularly when the Prime Minister promised a pub-friendly Government with the pub at the heart of the Big Society."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2011
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