British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Bridget Simmonds has written to MPs urging them to support a Parliamentary motion calling for a freeze in beer duty in the Budget on 20 March.

Early Day Motion (EDM) 892 has been tabled by All-Party Parliamentary chairman Andrews Griffiths MP, and already has the support of 24 MPs from six parties in Parliament.

The EDM calls on the Government to sustain the momentum created by the March 2013 duty cut and removal of the beer duty escalator, by freezing duty in the 2014 Budget  to secure over 2,000 jobs in pubs.

Simmonds said: “I hope as many MPs as possible will join calls for a freeze in this year’s Budget, which means we need to urge our MPs to support EDM 892.

“Last year’s cut gave the industry a real confidence boost, but another freeze will allow us to create more jobs, boost the economy and put money back into people’s pockets.”