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Drinkers raise glasses to Osborne

More than 1,000 pubs would have closed if the Government had not cut duty on beer over the last two years, a campaign group has estimated.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said 26,000 jobs had been created as a result of beer tax cuts.

The group urged the Chancellor to cut beer duty again in next month’s Budget to give a further boost to the industry.

Tim Page, chief executive of Camra said: “It is fantastic to see that the beer duty cuts have had a real impact on beer drinkers and pub goers across the country.

“Without these measures fewer people would be able to afford a regular pint in their local and more pubs would have closed.”

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