Northampton-based lager brewer Carlsberg is urging people in the town to email their MP to back a cut in Beer Tax in the Chancellor’s budget next month.
Carlsberg UK’s Corporate Affairs Director Bruce Ray wants MPs to sign up to a new Parliamentary Motion to show their support for the local beer and pub trade.
The motion supports a wide campaign led by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), for a further cut in beer duty following three, historic one penny cuts in the last three budgets.
People in Northampton can also support the campaign through tools on a new website www.beerandpubjobs.co.uk where supporters can email their MP asking them to back the campaign.
Mr Ray said: “I’m calling for our local MPs to support the campaign for a duty cut by backing this motion in Parliament. Beer and pubs are vital to our local economy and jobs, especially for young people, and beer taxes are still far too high.
“It’s successive cuts in beer duty that enables us to invest in our business and specifically in innovation, which last year saw us launch three new ciders and three new alcohol-free beers. We’ll continue to innovate throughout this year.
“A further cut in beer duty will help local brewers and pubs to prosper and is good news for Northamptonshire.”