By Marcus Leach

According to a report published by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) the proposed hike in beer taxes in the forthcoming budget could put the jobs of almost one million people associated with pubs and brewing at risk.

The report highlighted the role the brewing industry plays in providing jobs throughout the country, with London and Westminster leading the way with 11,000 pub and brewery based jobs.

Beer and pub trade contributes over £21 billion to the country’s economy on an annual basis, and over £13.4 billion in UK wages are dependent on the trade.

"These figures show what a huge impact beer and pubs have, especially in terms of local jobs,” Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said. “Beer is vital to the economy and pubs are the heart of our communities.

"The last thing local pubs and pubgoers need is a further beer tax hike in the Budget next week, when instead we could be leading the economy out of recession and creating local jobs. The Government needs to think again."