The government's announcement that beer duty will be frozen has been given the thumbs up by people across the industry.

Rishi Sunak today announced that the planned rise in beer duty has been cancelled, following huge campaigning from licensees and MP's.

He said: "I'm also pleased to announce that the planned rise in beer duty will also be cancelled. And because of desions I've taken elsewhere in this budget I'm also freezing duties for cider and wine drinkers as well.

"For only the second time in almost 20 years that is every single one of our alcohol duties frozen."

CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said: "Against the backdrop of industry fears on Coronavirus, it is good to see the Government has continued to recognise the value of pubs to the economy and society by freezing beer duty in the Budget. Brewers and pubs companies must now pass any savings on to consumers.

"We feel the decision not to implement a preferential rate of beer duty is a missed opportunity and will use the upcoming review of alcohol duty to continue to make the case for this, as we believe this is the best way to support community pubs.

"The announcement of a review of the business rates system is welcome, and this must happen as soon as possible so that we can fix the root issues with this unfair system and save our pubs from extinction."

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality said: ""We warmly welcome the freeze on beer duty, for which we campaigned, and freezes to other alcohol duties. We look forward to engaging with Government on their call for evidence to review post-Brexit alcohol taxation, with the purpose of helping hospitality businesses."

Steven Alton, BII COO added: "We are extremely pleased that in these turbulent times, government is taking the radical step of abolishing business rates for pubs with a rateable value of less than £51k for the next year.

"Pubs are at the core of high streets and rural communities alike and the challenges they currently face are unprecedented. This relief, coupled with the sick pay support for those self-isolating in the midst of Coronavirus, is great news for those working in the frontline of hospitality."