Budget taking 1p off pint welcomed by pubs in Scunthorpe area
North Lincolnshire pubs have welcomed today's (Wednesday, March 20, 2013) decision to cut 1p of the price of a pint of beer.
As announced in today's 2013 budget, Chancellor George Osborne, chose to scrap the proposed 3p rise in beer duty, scheduled for April.
Instead the chancellor agreed to cut beer duty by 1p.
The annual inflation plus two per cent rise in beer duty has also now ended, but is set to remain in place for wine, cider and spirits.
Chelsie Wilcox, assistant manager of Abacus, on Scunthorpe High Street, said: "Every penny counts, especially with businesses being like they are.
"It is very, very welcome.
"That 1p could amount to that last drink of the night.
"If our prices are going down, it is more tempting for people to come out."
Alan Edgar, landlord of The Honest Lawyer, on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe, said: "It is about time something happened.
"It will hopefully get more people in."
Andy Carrington, landlord of The White Hart, on Bridge Street in Brigg, said: "It is a step in the right direction.
"I don't think it will stop people going to the supermarkets.
"I think people want to stay at home now, because they have televisions, games and can smoke.
"I think that is the culture we live in now."
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