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Pub industry in plea over Budget tax rise

Thousands of pubs face closure if the chancellor presses ahead with a rise in beer duty in this month's Budget, the industry has warned.

Britain's Beer Alliance, made up of individual publicans and brewers, is urging drinkers to contact their MP.

A report estimates 6,000 pubs could go over the next five years, along with about 12,500 jobs.

The industry fears Philip Hammond will hike duty by 3.4% on 29 October, with future inflation-linked rises planned.


BBC News


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