Pub owner and winner of the Great British Bake Off Candice Brown has protested outside Parliament, calling for a cut in beer duty in the upcoming budget.
By today, British beer drinkers have paid as much in Beer Duty as those in Germany will pay all year. That's despite the fact that drinkers in Germany consume nearly double the amount annually.
Candice was trapped under a giant pint glass that represents the enormous financial pressure local pubs are facing.
The protest is backed by Long Live The Local who are asking the Government to listen to the 250,000 Brits who have signed a petition asking for a cut in beer duty.
Candice said: "Pubs are the beating heart of cities, towns and villages up and down Britain – they not only provide jobs but a place where everyone and anyone can meet and socialise. If the Chancellor does not act now, he is set to damage not only businesses but communities as well".
David Cunningham, Programme Director of Long Live The Local said: "Pubs employ almost 600,000 people. On average a pub contributes over £100,000 to its local economy. Despite this, pubs are overtaxed, with each pub paying an average of £140,000 every year through a range of taxes, one of which is Beer Duty.
"Beer Duty in the UK is 11 times higher than in Germany and Spain, which is why we're asking for a modest cut in Beer Duty to save thousands of jobs and help protect the future of local pubs".
Beer Duty raises a £3.4 billion a year for the Treasury, four times more than any other European nation.