When George Osborne stands up to deliver his Budget on March 20th, he will surely be hoping for better reviews than he got last year.
ConHome readers doubtless have many ideas as to what they would like him to announce. We at the TPA certainly do, but right now I'd like to focus on one particular measure which would surely provide a good news story from the Budget.
Quite simply, we are asking for the Chancellor to call time on the hated "Beer Duty Escalator" and freeze Beer Duty this year.
The level of Beer Duty has increased by no less than 42% in just four years, which means that when you buy a pint of beer in your local pub today, around one third of the price of a pint is going straight to the taxman. This gives the UK the dubious honour of having the second highest level of beer tax of any country in the European Union, equating to ten times the level seen in Germany, for example.