Camra has criticised the Chancellor's decision to raise the price of beer by 1p, particularly in light of recent price increases by both brewers and pub companies. Mike Benner, chief executive said: "A penny may not sound like much, but today's tax rise follows recent wholesale beer prise rises by some brewers. Some pubs will now be charging as much as 10p a pint more than they were only a month ago." "A tax rise is a flawed strategy which will cost jobs, increase smuggling and uncontrolled drinking and leave responsible beer drinkers out of pocket." Camra had called for beer duty to be frozen or cut as part of a strategy to reduce duty to a level so as to make smuggling unprofitable and allow British pubs to compete with French retailers. Benner also criticised recent price increases by brewers Coors and Carlsberg, asking "Why should the Chancellor cut his share of the price of a pint when big brewers keep on increasing theirs?"