Beer prices cut to show the ben­e­fits of life with­out VAT on drink

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A BOO­TLE pub is to cut the price of all food and drink by 7.5 per cent on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20.

The Wild Rose in Stan­ley Road is back­ing a na­tional Tax Equal­ity Day, aimed at high­light­ing the ben­e­fit of a VAT re­duc­tion in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Prices at the JD Wether­spoon pub will be re­duced for one day only, in or­der to show the ben­e­fits of a VAT re­duc­tion.

At present all food and drink in pubs is sub­ject to 20 per cent VAT, com­pared to su­per­mar­kets which ben­e­fit from a zero VAT rate on all food.

As a re­sult, su­per­mar­kets are able to use that sav­ing to sell al­co­hol at a dis­counted rate.

The pub’s man­ager, Frances Baines, said: “We are proud to sup­port the cam­paign to re­duce the level of VAT within the pub in­dus­try.

“Cus­tomers com­ing to the pub on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 20 will find the price of their food and drink is lower than nor­mal.’’

Ms Baines added: “We are keen to high­light the amount cus­tomers could save if VAT in pubs was low­ered per­ma­nently.

“So, for ex­am­ple, the to­tal price of a meal and drinks for an in­di­vid­ual would be re­duced from £10 to £9.25 on Tax Equal­ity Day”

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