The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is using new figures that show 300,000 people are employed in the beer and pub sector to argue for a duty freeze in the forthcoming Budget. The research, commissioned by the BBPA and compiled by Oxford Economics, also found that 950,000 British jobs depend on the UK beer and pub sector, down 34,000 on last year. The study found that there are now 900 breweries in the UK and £13bn is paid in wages by the sector. Brewing and pubs are worth £19.4bn to the UK economy, while the beer and pub sector contributes over £11bn in tax revenues. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “The 300,000 young people working in brewing and pubs cannot afford another beer tax increase in the Budget. “The Chancellor should recognise the vital economic role the industry plays in providing job opportunities for people of all ages, but particularly young people, as well as serving local communities. We need a duty freeze.” The Budget is due on 21 March.