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An open letter to my MP & MEPs on beer tax

Posted on: October 8, 2011

These are my personal thoughts on the new rates of Beer Duty, I’ve sent this letter to both my MP and a slightly modified version to our MEPs. I sincerely urge you to spend 5-10 minutes and put your own thoughts to your own MPs and MEPs, the worlds brewers and beer lovers need you to keep a free and open market in all that is good about beer, brewing and drinking.
Click this, Write To Them
And also Sign the E-petition

thanks.

“Dear Sirs,

Re: New rates of duty on high and lower strength beers
(http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/news/news-120911.htm)

I am at a loss to see where these changes to Taxation will tackle the area of ‘Problem Drinking’ and instead I feel they are just another way for the Government to make more revenue.

I work for Saltaire Brewery in Shipley and am a very keen Homebrewer and avid beer enthusiast, I buy and drink a wide range of beers which vary in strength from breweries all around the UK and abroad. I drink responsibly, mostly in the comfort of my own home, I see this as the exploration of Flavour Experiences that the worlds brewers are able to offer.

Frankly these Taxation changes do nothing for me, they will limit the range of beers sold, at UK retailers and Pubs, that must have a knock-on effect on the importing of strong foreign beers from Europe and stifle trade in the European community and effect industry.

I hope I have given you some food for thought and I dearly hope you can have some influence in regard to this issue.

Thank you very much for your time

Yours sincerely”

I’m going to add this www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15265317 because its the most common sense article on Alcohol & Drinking I have ever read, Author: Kate Fox – www.sirc.org/about/kate_fox  Government would do well to learn from things like this as its very far reaching.

Some other blogs about the subject…

http://broadfordbrewer.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/point-break-duty-on-high-strength-beers/
http://hardknott.blogspot.com/2011/10/low-abv-low-duty-low-iq.html
http://www.magicrockbrewing.com/blog/new-tax-on-high-strength-beers/
http://ghostdrinker.blogspot.com/2011/09/1-week-till-judgement-day.html
http://beermerchants.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/today-my-job-changed/
http://beersay.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/7point5/
http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/10/07/beer-the-bitter-taste-of-bad-legislation/
http://thebeerboy.blogspot.com/2011/10/higher-strength-beer-duty-my-view.html
http://raisethebeerbar.blogspot.com/2011/10/high-strength-beer-duty-why-government.html
http://thebeercast.com/2011/10/big-beer-month.html
http://wortnall.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-high-strength-beer-duty-actually.html
http://real-ale-reviews.com/high-strength-beer-idiotry/2011/10/
http://moorbeer.co.uk/news/you-can-make-a-difference
http://moorbeer.co.uk/news/the-rudest-4-letters-hsbd
http://gaddsbeershop.blogspot.com/2011/10/brewing-betrayed.html
http://www.jamesclay.co.uk/beer-suppliers/news/562-highabv
http://blog.buntingfordbrewery.co.uk/?p=202
http://www.camrgb.org/7point5/
http://www.chromosphere.co.uk/2011/10/26/high-strength-beer-duty-some-thoughts/
http://www.davelozman.co.uk/beer/october-beer-duty-increase/

Want your blog article featured in ever-growing-list? Let me know.

*One reply so far Godfrey Bloom UKIP MEP for Yorkshire & North Linconshire says:

I entirely agree, please visit the my website ‘pub policy’ and I feel sure
you will be pleased.

http://www.godfreybloommep.co.uk/pubs.html

Kind regards

Godfrey Bloom

*And another:

Thank you for your email and comments regarding new rates of duty on high and lower strength beers.

I agree that the problems of binge drinking are complex, but do feel pricing does come into it.

In relation to influence, decisions about tax rates on alcohol are decided by the UK government so you may wish to address your concerns to your local MP Kris Hopkins at kris.hopkins.mp@parliament.uk

Yours sincerely

Linda McAvan MEP

*And another:

Many thanks for your thoughtful e-mail which I read with interest.

I have passed a copy to George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with a request for a response.

I will send this on to you upon receipt.

Thank you again for getting in touch.

Best wishes

Kris Hopkins

*And another:

Many thanks for your email. These taxes are set by the UK government and not the European Parliament, and Mr Brons therefore does not have any power directly influence such legislation.

He thanks you nevertheless for bringing this to his attention as he too completely opposes the UK government’s fleecing if its citizens.

best wishes,

Chris Beverley
Assistant to Andrew Brons MEP

*And this helpful one:

Thank you for your email on new rates of duty on high and low strength
beers. Being in Brussels too I imagine that is something the Belgians
would be very much against should it ever be imposed on them…

I am familiar with Saltaire Brewery and enjoy some of its produce!

I am not sure at the moment whether something can be done on this as a
European level but I can look into it. Although these are goods,
taxation is usually a member state competence. Have you also contacted
your local MP on this and got in touch with HM Revenue and Customs
themselves?

Since it has come from a British decision I would urge you to contact
Kris Hopkins, your local MP.

Kind Regards,

Timothy Kirkhope MEP

Chris Hopkins MP was good enough to send this reply from Chloe Smith MP (Economic Secretary) Scanned Letter PDF
Its all a bit vague and cover-all and the last sentence is the clincher for me!

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7 Responses to "An open letter to my MP & MEPs on beer tax"

Well said Sir, have you had a reply yet, I have had a holding letter only saying that my MP has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I’ll let you know what the outcome is… Cheers Phil

no Chancellor’s reply yet, and I haven’t emailed back any of the replies I’ve had from the MP’s yet.

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