There were a few questions and comments after my post yesterday about how all the various figures and calculations around the swingeing duty increase add up, so I thought it would be useful to share the following table for the release.
BEER TAX INCREASE
Predicted increase in tax of a typical pub pint
Average new price of a pub pint of lager (4.2 per cent abv)
New typical duty on a pub pint of lager
New typical VAT on a pub pint of lager
Combined VAT and duty increase this year
Beer Tax increase since March 2008
British Beer Tax, times higher than France
British Beer Tax, times higher than Germany
British Beer Tax, times higher than Spain
The release also contains one crucially important piece of information, which I urge you to share with everyone you know, especially your MP: with the 7.2% rise yesterday compounded by the 2.5% rise in VAT in January, 2011 has already seen the highest EVER increase in tax and duty on beer in any single year.