Outrageous! Beer prices set to SURGE as Britons face crippling hike from new 'stealth tax'

According to analysis, beer is set to rise by 15p next year due to consumer price inflation. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research predicted beer will rise by four percent in early 2022. The average price of beer in Britain stands at £3.87 but is set to rise due to increased production costs, brewers have warned.

Due to increased costs for materials, shipping, haulage and petrol, groups have revealed Britons may face a tough climate as the country moves beyond the pandemic.

Such is the dire economic cost for families across the country, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance consumer group warned families could face a “stealth tax”.

He told the MailOnline: “Rising inflation could act as a stealth tax on unsuspecting consumers.

“Taxpayers were already feeling the pandemic pinch but will feel it even more now the chancellor has frozen income tax thresholds.

“Instead of freezing the thresholds, the Treasury should link them to inflation or wage growth.”

It is not just beer, however, which is expected to rise, analysts have warned.

Due to the increased costs on production, in line with The National Institute of Economic and Social Research’s beer forecast, a loaf of white bread would rise by 4p.

Eggs would increase by 8p, butter by seven and mince by 23p per kg.

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“Aluminium prices have really rocketed this year – the middle of last year, in the aftermath of the market panic, the price of aluminium fell to $1,400 a tonne.

“Today it’s running a $2,600 a tonne, so it’s almost doubled in a year.

“Aluminium is a major component of cans, and cans are a major packaging cost for the brewers.

“That would apply to soft drink manufacturers as well.

“You would expect Coca-Cola and Pepsi would be trying to pass through as well.

“The second thing is grain prices.

“This is a little more uncertain as the harvest is coming on, but we’re probably looking at about a 20 percent increase in the price of malt and barley this year.”

This month, the Bank of England reported that inflation would rise beyond its initial two percent estimate.

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