The tax on pubs: Unfair?

Do the UK’s pubs face an unfair burden of tax – and cop an unfair burden of the moral censure for binge drinking? That was certainly the case put by JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin on BBC’s On the Money last night on 5 Live.

Martin made a passionate case that the excise an VAT regimes hit hardest the pub sector, while leaving the supermarkets free to sell below-cost booze.

He also pointed out the social significance of pubs, especially in remote rural areas, which is being eroded – perhaps permanently – by the combination of regulatory and tax assault.

Worth a further listen. I’m on the programme, to, with Holly Tucker, co-founder of fast-growing, the online retail aggregator that recently raised a fresh new round of funding.

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