Venue bosses worried about alcohol price rises

Those booking corporate Christmas parties in the next few years may have to start setting aside some more cash for alcohol as pub bosses predict £6-a-pint prices in 2014.

That’s according to a number of pub industry chiefs, cited by londonlovesbusiness.com, who see themselves as little more than tax collectors’ for the treasury.

With £1 in every £3 spent on a pint going to the Treasury, prices could potentially rise to £6 in some cities ‘unless the government acts’. At the moment, the average pint of beer in London costs £3.50 – a far cry from the 83 pence charged back in 1987.

Speaking to thesun.co.uk Mike Benner, from the Campaign for Real Ale, said that rising prices have the potential to ‘cripple’ the industry.

“For too long Britain’s beer drinks have been forced to ensure inflation-busting rates of tax on their print,” he said. “The future of Britain’s valued community pubs remains in jeopardy. It is only hoped that Parliament will vote to review the punitive taxation policies on Britain’s national drink.”

In addition, a spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association stated: “With tax hikes planned in every budget, £6 a pint is certainly possible in some venues, if the Government refuses to act on the damage being done by its Beer Tax escalator.”