Beer prices in the UK are set to rise by up to 30p, ahead of any change in the alcohol duty rate in Rishi Sunak’s autumn budget.
More than eight out of 10 pubs have already raised prices or are planning to do so, due to increased wages, staff shortage issues and the ongoing energy and supply crisis, many times informed of.
An industry leader warned that the average pint would rise to 30p and said drinkers in London would regularly pay £6 for a beer.
Dave Mountford, co-founder of the Forum of British Pubs, said such increases would be needed for the public to meet rising costs. “In my pub that means I’ll charge more than £4 for a pint the first time around,” he said. “It would mean a lot in areas like London.”
The public has appealed to Chancellor Rishi Sunak for support for the brewing and pub sector ahead of the budget on October 27.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “If the government is serious about raising the level, it must be serious about reducing the tax burden on our region.
“Investing in our brews and pubs is about investing in our communities and society to make it better. In return, we will create jobs, boost the local economy and help our communities reconnect and reunite.
Beverage wholesalers Matthew Clark and Bibendum said they were raising prices by 3.5 to 5 per cent due to the impact of the pandemic and the UK supply chain crisis. A pint of beer in London currently costs an average of £5.33, a 3 percent increase from 2020.
Ed Bedington, editor of the trade journal morning advertiserThe surveyor reportedly said: “Price increases are fast becoming a major reality for operators who are already facing escalation on multiple fronts, from an increase in the national living wage to an increase in VAT and withdrawal. For complete panic through danger that is business rates.
“We are facing a tsunami of escalation on the horizon and it will be a real challenge for everyone.”
Earlier this month shoppers were told to freeze some items to hurry Christmas shopping and avoid the disappointment of empty shelves. Experts said Britain had “run out of time” to save for Christmas, as there was a summer labor shortage.
The British Retail Consortium warned that 5,000 lorry driver visas would not be enough to prevent disruption at Christmas. A haulage industry boss said retailers should now start prioritizing delivery of essential goods over Christmas gifts as there will not be enough lorry drivers to cope with the demand.
A new report published by the Center for Policy Studies think tank urged Mr Sunak to avoid raising alcohol tariffs as the UK faces a “cost of living crisis” caused by inflation, rising energy prices and the withdrawal of the universal debt.
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