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Bitter sweet budget says regional MEP Paul Nuttall who wants to save the pub trade
12:20pm Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
BEER drinkers will be left with a bitter-sweet taste following yesterday's budget says local MEP Paul Nuttall.
The UKIP regional representative welcomed the one penny cut on beer duty and scrapping the beer duty escalator.
But he said he was bitterly disappointed that the Chancellor has done nothing to curb the cut price deals from supermarkets and off licences which have all but killed the pub trade.
“It is to be hoped that the moves he has made regarding beer duty will help the pub industry, which is on its knees, but like much else in his budget I fear it may be too little too late,” said Mr Nuttall, Deputy Party Leader, who spearheads UKIP’s Save The Pub campaign.
“The drinking culture in this country has been badly damaged by successive governments and we all know people, especially younger ones, get tanked up on cheap booze from supermarkets before they even get to the pub.
‘“This attitude needs to be addressed but George Osborne has done nothing to help with that."