More than one in 10 pubs across London could be forced to close within five years if Philip Hammond raises beer duty in the Autumn Budget, Britain's Beer Alliance (BBA) has warned.
The BBA - whose members range from individual publicans and microbreweries to the UK's largest pub chains and international breweries - claim that pubs across London could shut down if there is an increase in beer duty of around 3.4 per cent.
If followed by further planned Retail Price Index increases in subsequent Budgets, around 457 pubs could close their doors by 2023, rising to 913 within a decade.
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In response to the findings, the BBA has begun a petition asking the chancellor of the exchequer to cut beer duty on October 29.
To date, around 12,420 Londoners have got behind the Long Live the Local campaign by signing the petition or writing to their MP.
There are over 48,000 pubs in the UK; around three pubs per day close their doors for good.