CAMRA has backed a think tank’s call for a higher tax on alcohol sold in supermarkets and other off licences.

The report proposes a “pub relief” which would make drinking at home less affordable and support the pub sector, according to the Social Market Foundation (SMF).

The SMF’s idea would be to shift taxation towards high-strength drinks bought for consumption at home – and away from weaker products bought in pubs and bars. That could mean that beer in pubs would become less expensive, depending on how the duties were structured.

CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said: “We absolutely echo the calls in the report for a taxation solution that favours on trade consumption, especially on lower strength drinks like beer. CAMRA have long maintained that the best place to enjoy a pint or two is in the social, community setting of the pub.

“Beer and pubs already face a huge tax burden – one of the highest rates of duty in the EU and an unfair business rates burden. CAMRA is campaigning for a lower rate of tax on beer served in pubs, as this would level the playing field between cheap supermarket alcohol consumed at home and beer sold in a community pub. It’s great to see others now calling for measures that would achieve this.”

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