This July, Bill Wiggin MP received a ‘Beer Champion’ award in recognition of his support for the Long Live the Local campaign and helping to secure consecutive freezes in beer duty.
The special award is an initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to recognise the role of MPs in supporting Britain’s national drink since the 2017 General Election.
Bill commented: “Brewing and pubs are a vital part of our economy in North Herefordshire, and indeed in every part of the country.
We grow half of Britain’s hops in Herefordshire as well as most of the UKs cider fruit. We need our pubs as the industry creates jobs, encourages tourism and provides important social spaces in our communities.
Freezes in beer duty have so far helped secure thousands of jobs and investment in the brewing and pubs sector, and I am pleased that the Government was able to deliver this in the Autumn budget 2018. The price of a typical pint of beer is now 2p lower than if prices had risen with inflation.
This will support the growing number of small brewers in the UK which have increased from 400 in 2002 to around 2,000 at present.
I welcome the fact that the Government is continuing to look at ways to improve the system of alcohol taxation, to ensure that it helps to tackle irresponsible drinking without unfairly penalising local industries.”