PUBS in Brighton and Hove are set to slash the price of all food and drink this week to mark Tax Equality Day.
Four Wetherspoon locations across the city will cut prices by 7.5 per cent on Thursday to highlight the benefit of a permanent VAT reduction in hospitality.
Reduced rates at The Bright Helm on West Street, The Post and Telegraph on North Street and The West Quay in Brighton Marina Village (all in Brighton) and The Cliftonville Inn on George Street, Hove.
For example, a customer who spends £10 on food and drink will only pay £9.25 on Equal Tax Day.
All food and drinks in pubs are subject to 20 percent VAT.
By comparison, supermarkets pay no VAT on groceries and can use this saving to sell alcohol to their customers at a discounted price.
Post and Telegraph manager Matthew Scott said: “It’s unfair that supermarkets don’t pay VAT on groceries but pubs pay 20 per cent.
“Pubs have been under enormous pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantage they have compared to supermarkets.
“It makes no sense for the hospitality industry to subsidize supermarkets.
“Customers coming to The Post and Telegraph on Thursday will find that the price of their food and drink is lower than normal.”
Wetherspoon leader Tim Martin has urged new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng to cut the VAT rate again to help pubs fight big supermarket chains.
Mr Martin said: “Taxes should be fair and just.
“We applauded the Chancellor when he reduced VAT to 5 percent and then to 12.5 percent (on food and beverages served in restaurants) and call on the Chancellor to reduce VAT again and thus achieve fiscal equality to produce pubs and supermarkets.
“He should also note that the main impacts of tax inequality are on high streets and city centers that depend heavily on a variety of thriving hospitality businesses for economic, social and employment success.
“Government does best when it doesn’t discriminate between different types of companies that sell the same products.”
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