Dorset brewery welcomes George Osborne's 1p beer duty cut in 2013 budget
A Dorset brewery has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne's reduction of beer duty in today's budget.
Osborne cut beer duty by 1p per pint, regarded as a huge boost to the industry by Sixpenny Brewery.
The independent brewery between Blandford and Salisbury believes a continuation of the rising tax would have 'been a hammer blow the industry could ill afford.'
Keith Bott, chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers said: "We are delighted that the chancellor has listened to the many voices calling for an end to the duty escalator - and then gone one step further by cutting a penny off the pint.
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"It will be universally applauded by the cash-strapped drinkers, struggling licensees and a growing number of MPs across the divide who have campaigned long for this.
"A pint of beer should be an affordable pleasure rather than an occasional treat and by stopping the escalator and taking a further penny off a pint, the Government is ensuring that draught beer - a relatively low-alcoholic drink - remains Britain's favourite tipple, as it has been for centuries."
The Chancellor also announced an increase in the Income Tax threshold to £10,000 next year and plans to scrap a planned fuel duty rise.
A spokesperson from the Sixpenny Brewery said: "It is a shame that the same consideration has not been given to the many small cider producers in the country.
"The 1p reduction is an added boost and it is hoped that these savings will be passed back to the consumer.
"Pubs and breweries across our region will still face many pressures for survival, but these moves will definitely help to smooth the way forward."
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