Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Pint of beer 'to break £3 barrier'

So the headline proclaims on this Press Association news item. It is reporting that “The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said the increase in VAT to 20% would add a further 6p to the cost of a pint of beer, on top of the 26% rise in Beer Tax seen during the past two years.” Of course it is nonsense as, depending on where you are and your chosen tipple, the £3 barrier has been broken for quite some time. But it does highlight the fact that for the pub the future continues to be less than rosy. Today’s VAT rise will hit the pub in two ways, first it raises the price of their wares, but it will also mean that people will have less disposable cash. Pubs will have to fight hard to grab a decent slice of a shrinking cake.

8 comments:

Paul Bailey said...

I agree Paul, and btw. welcome back!

The Hearty Goodfellow said...

Suddenly 'the vote' seems woefully inadequate.

All this nonsense seems more and more to be happening to us rather than be caused by us.

Thanks, though, for summing up the grim realities.

Somebody has too...

Paul Garrard said...

Thanks Paul and..

thanks Hearty Goodfellow

Stono said...

to be fair the BB&PA quoted the "typical price of a pint", by which they mean the average price of a pint that I think is published every year, certainly quoted at least once a year

But as a comparison

Jan 2010 £2.84 with Duty + VAT 81p
Jan 2011 £3.06 with Duty + VAT 92p

so blame the subeditors for their usual top job at slightly misquoting something

perhaps more interesting is this typical pint price data shows over the last 15 years that the average price (from £1.76 in 1997) rise is about 10p a year, but this years rise is more than double that 22p, which is the most its risen in a single year...food for thought perhaps...or drink at least :)

Paul Garrard said...

food for thought indeed

RedNev said...

I recall seeing David Cameron in a pub a couple of months ago self-consciously holding a pint as though for the first time proclaiming how he supported the British pub. He knows as much about pubs as John Major who talked of warm English beer. If anyone says that to me, I say, "If you think it's warm, try having a bath in it."

Support for pubs clearly doesn't mean anything more than a photo opportunity. The VAT increase will be followed in May by the next increase by the beer tax escalator, which the coalition has not said it will scrap. There may be troubles ahead ...

Anonymous said...

Drink Sam Smiths - usuall around £1.50 a pint

Home Brewing Beer Kits and Supplies said...

This is why pubs are closing all over the place. People are choosing to stay in and either drink supermarket bought beer or start home brewing. It really is a shame. On a positive note, a few small real ale pubs are really starting to take off.