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Can you afford a pint? Most Britons struggle

Most people in the UK believe a pint of beer in a pub is unaffordable, according to a new study.
A survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) found 56% of 2,000 adults thought a pint was too much, and only one in four respondents said prices were about right.According to a survey by Money Guru earlier this year, the price of a pint in London cost an average of €5.19.Beers in Oxford weren't much more affordable at €4.57, while nationwide the average price for a lager was around €3.58.On the cheaper end of the scale was Carlisle, where a pint will set you back €2.35, followed by Chelmsford in Essex, where they cost €2.60.According to CAMRA, around one third of that cost is made up of taxes including beer duty, business rates and VAT - meaning around €1.46 of every €4 pint in the UK is now made up of such costs.The UK contributes 40% of beer duty in the EU but drinks only 12% of the beer, according to the organisation.
Can you afford a pint? Most Britons struggle

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Survey shows pub pints are unaffordable
A spokesperson for CAMRA said this results in pubs being forced to "raise prices or close" as they struggle with juggling taxes against overheads and other costs."It's no surprise that most people are finding pub pints unaffordable, given the tax burden they're facing," Jackie Parker, CAMRA's chairperson said.
As a result, she said, people are likely to turn to drinking at home, buying cheaper alcohol from supermarkets.Larger stores are much better equipped to absorb higher taxes as they tend to have lower overheads and more extensive distribution networks.Ms Parker believes that the rapid closures of pubs - it's believed up to 21 could be shutting their doors every week in the UK - will have widely felt effects in society and the economy."The result is incredibly detrimental to our local communities and to our own personal connectivity. Having a good local makes people happier, better-connected and more trusting," she said."Furthermore, pubs help bring communities together and support the local economy. The reality is that there are very few places that can replicate the benefit provided by our nation's pubs, and once they're gone, they're gone forever."
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A spokesperson for the treasury said: "90% of pubs across the country can benefit from the business rates relief introduced at Budget 2017, which could save them up to €1,000 a year."In addition, both businesses and their customers have saved around €3bn since 2013 thanks to changes to alcohol duty."
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