Beer cheer with a 1p reduction on a pint

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BEER drinkers will raise a glass to George Osborne after the Chancellor cut a penny off the price of a pint.

As part of yesterday’s Budget announcement, he also announced plans to scrap the beer tax escalator - blamed for the closure of hundreds of pubs.

The price drop, which the Chancellor said he expected to be passed on to customers, will come into force on Sunday night.

Duncan Shaw, aged 35, manager of The Fat Cat at Kelham Island said: “It’s good news for pubs and customers.

“Taking off a penny per pint is not going to have a massive impact on the customer because you would have to drink an awful lot of beer to see a saving! It’s more the gesture.

“Pubs like ours have borne the brunt of a lot of price increases in recent years so it’s great the price is coming down rather than going up.”

Nigel Williams, 50, of The Ranmoor Inn, said it should make a difference to landlords.

“Draft beer accounts for 70 to 80 per cent of drinks we sell,” he said.

South Yorkshire MP and former pubs minister John Healey said he asked the Chancellor to make the cut a year ago.

“The beer and pub industry is worth millions to the local economy, and people rightly value their local as the hub of their community,” he said.