With the Budget coming on Wednesday 8 March, a number of constituents wrote to me about beer duty and business rates for pubs.
I am very supportive of our local brewing industry. Shepherd Neame is one of the largest employers in the constituency, and we also have several excellent micro-breweries. I have previously called on the Chancellor to lower beer duty and on the Small Business Minister to cut regulation for pubs.
I met with the Chancellor to discuss these issues last week. I also wrote to HM Treasury to lobby them in writing. I received a reply from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, which you can read here.
|Helen Whately letter from HM Treasury about beer duty and pubs.pdf||2.28 MB|