Yardley MP Jess Phillips has pledged her support to the British Beer and Pub Association's campaign for a cut in beer duty.
Brewing and pubs are a major contributor to the UK economy and in Yardley specifically provide 869 jobs. However many people are concerned that British beer is overtaxed.
The British Beer and Pub Association has called for beer duty to be reviewed each year at the Budget on its merits, rather than default increases - such as the 3.9% increase this year which has been damaging to the industry. They highlight that a modest cut would stimulate investment in brewing and pubs, as well as keeping a pint in the pub affordable.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"I am a strong supporter of our local community pubs and the brewing industry, and here in Yardley they play an important part in boosting our local economy."
"This is an issue many local people have raised with me, so I proudly pledge my support to this campaign calling for a cut to beer duty in the Autumn Budget."