Help us stop another rise in tax on drinks at the Budget
Feb 2013 26

Today we are launching a new campaign to stop the Government increasing taxes on drinks yet again at the Budget. Beer is already taxed more in the UK than in almost every other country in Europe – ten times as much per pint as they pay in Germany, for example.

Hundreds of thousands of beer mats showing people how much they are paying, and urging them to email their MP, have been sent to pubs around the country.

We really need your help and there are five ways you can get involved:

  • Tell your MP not to put up the price of your pint
  • Tell people about
  • Let us know if you see the beer mats in your pub
  • Get the beer mats in your local pub
  • Contribute to the campaign

Tell your MP not to put up the price of your pint

Go to and you can quickly and easily email your MP and urge them to oppose any rise in taxes on drinks.

Tell people about

Please email the link to your colleagues, friends and family as well. And share it on Twitter - the hashtag is #mashbeertax – or FacebookEvery email to an MP really counts.

Let us know if you see the beer mats in your pub

We would really like to see the beer mats in action across the country. If you find one of our beer mats in your local pub, hold it up, take a picture and send it in to us with the name of the pub and the location to

We will add your picture to the campaign Flickr account, plot your pub on our map and enter you in a draw to win a case of Shepherd Neame Spitfire Premium.

Get the beer mats in your local pub

While a lot of pubs do have the beer mats, we still have a few available. If you’re a pub landlord or you’ve convinced the landlord in your local to use them, let us know at [email protected] and we’ll send some out - while stocks last!

130225 Beer Mat donateContribute to the campaign

The beer mats only cost around 2p each. If you want to help us keep up the momentum for the campaign, and keep up the pressure on the politicians, then a donation of just £10 will allow us to get another 500 printed, which we can then distribute to more pubs.

There are several ways you can donate to our MashBeerTax campaign:

  • by PayPal, using the secure form here
  • by cheque, made payable to ‘The TaxPayers’ Alliance’ and sent to our address: The TaxPayers’ Alliance, 55 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QL
  • by credit or debit card, by calling Sara Rainwater on 020 7340 6020

Matthew was the Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, author of Let Them Eat Carbon and editor of How to Cut Public Spending (and still win an election)