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cheapest pint

Having a pint is pastime for many of us whether it is a quick one after work, sat relaxing on a Saturday afternoon or on a night out with friends at the weekend. Whatever the occasion, you can’t beat a nice pint. Unfortunately the cost of a pint is not what it used to be. In fact there can be a big difference in prices depending on where in the country you are. The average cost of a pint of beer in the UK is now £3.46. This is 15p higher than it was last year. Tax on beer accounts for 52% of the cost. Where in the UK can you find Britain’s cheapest pint? Below you can the most expensive and cheapest pint across the UK.

Where is the most expensive?

  1. London – £3.92
    2. Scottish Islands  – £3.85
    3. Berkshire – £3.67
    4. Sussex – £3.66
    5. Isle of Wight – £3.63
    6. Surrey – £3.63
    7. Kent – £3.62
    8. Buckinghamshire – £3.61
    9. Oxfordshire – £3.56
    10. Hertfordshire – £3.55
    11. Scotland – £3.53
    12. Hampshire – £3.51

Of no surprise is the fact that London is the most expensive. In central London, prices for a pint can he be even higher at around £5 a pint, Steep! Berkshire, Sussex and Isle of Wight are not far behind.

Where is the cheapest pint?

The cheapest pint was in Herefordshire and Yorkshire were they were best value with a pint costing just £3.10 and £3.15 respectively. The midlands and north England had the cheapest prices for a pint as you can see below

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Where is Britain’s cheapest beer?

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Junk food adverts

Labour plan to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis

  • Labour manifesto to ban junk food adverts aimed at children before 9pm
  • High fat foods and sugary treats marketed at children will be banned
  • Will impose maximum amounts of fat, sugar and salt in cereals and crisps 
  • Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will unveil the new proposals 
  • He will say that more should be done to give every child a healthier start 
  • Will also reveal that a Labour government will ‘promote physical activity’ 
  • Party to target high-strength alcohol and bring in plain cigarette packaging 

Junk food adverts aimed at children face being banned before the watershed, under proposals announced by Labour today.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said too many children were ‘exposed to adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt’ – particularly during popular Saturday night shows like the X Factor.

The proposal was contained in a raft of public health measures announced today aiming to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic. 

Labour's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham launched the party's public health policy at the London headquarters of left-wing think tank Demos this morning

Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham launched the party’s public health policy at the London headquarters of left-wing think tank Demos this morning

Mr Burnham said Labour would impose ‘a time watershed for advertising of products high in sugar, fat and/or salt’ if measures cannot not be agreed with regulators to dramatically cut the number of junk food adverts aimed at children.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to condemn the proposals.

He said that “banning and legislation not always the answer” and that “backing families to make better choices brings lasting change”.

But Mr Burnham accused the Government of being ‘too close to powerful vested interests’ to stand up for children.

He said Labour would impose maximum amounts of fat, sugar and salt contained in food aimed at children, such as crisps and cereals.

Mr Burnham revealed that a Labour government will put the ‘promotion of physical activity’ at the centre of health policy and will unveil a ‘national ambition’ to get people doing more exercise.

The manifesto will publish new recommended levels of physical activity, including a basic minimum that everyone who can should try to do, as well as a ‘recommended level that we should aspire to get at least 50 per cent of people achieving by 2025’.

There will also be ‘targeted action’ on high-strength, low-cost alcohol such as white cider – with minimum prices and a ban on larger bottles.

And plain cigarette packaging will be introduced immediately to ‘halt the industry’s increasingly sophisticated methods of recruiting new, young smokers’.

Labour will have a goal that children born in 2015 will become the first ‘smoke-free generation’.

In a speech at the Demos think tank in London, Mr Burnham said: ‘Labour has traditionally led the way on public health and this new approach will chart a new course towards a healthy nation in the 21st Century.

‘In a century of rising demand, helping people take more responsibility for their own health will be essential if we are to ensure the NHS remains affordable and sustainable for the future.

‘As part of this, children will need better protection from the pressures of modern living and the harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke and Labour will not flinch from taking the action needed to provide it.

‘David Cameron and his Government are too close to powerful vested interests to stand up for our children. This new positive approach will help give all children a healthy start and help adults to get the most out of life.’

Action on public health is essential not only to improve health and wellbeing but to ensure the NHS remains sustainable for the long term.

Mr Burnham said that unless firm action is taken to halt the rise in obesity and diabetes, the cost of diabetes to the NHS will rise from £10 billion to £17 billion a year by 2035.

Labour will also pursue improvements to food labelling to help people better understand what they are eating, including working at EU level to introduce traffic light labelling of packaged food.

They will also ensure that by the time they leave school, all young people will have had access to emergency first aid training including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of defibrillators.

Automated external defibrillators will also be placed in major public places, such as shopping centres, airports and railway stations.

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The Local Government Association is calling for a fifth of VAT raised on unhealthy foods to go back to councils to fund health and leisure facilities.

The organisation says councils do not have enough money to tackle the obesity crisis once other services, such as sexual health clinics, are paid for.

The government says councils are responsible for their own funding decisions.

And it insists progress has been made towards reducing childhood obesity.

Free swimming

In its report, Tackling the Causes and Effects of Obesity, the LGA argues that investing in preventative services would be the best way to ensure local residents were healthy.

The association says the VAT money it is calling for would create a £1m fund to help millions of overweight and obese children across the country.

And the report suggests the cash would enable councils to expand existing schemes, such as free swimming and fitness referral programmes.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, of the LGA and Warwickshire County Council, said: “This slice of existing money would enable local authorities to do so much more to reverse the tide of obesity which threatens to make the next generation the first to live shorter lives than their parents.

“Councils are doing everything they can to curb obesity at a local level. This extra money would enable them to ramp up their efforts and really make a major impact on tackling this condition.”

But a government spokesperson said: “The government has set aside £8.2bn over three years for councils to deal with public health issues, including tackling obesity.

“Ultimately councils are responsible for their spending decisions and that’s why we have given them greater financial independence so they can deliver sensible savings.

“We are already seeing progress being made, with childhood obesity levelling off, and industry working together to make everyday food and drink products healthier.”

The government says it has no plans to introduce a sugar tax.

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Food supply companies

More than 100 food suppliers could be forced out of business as supermarkets cut prices in an effort to keep their customers, according to a new report.

There are more companies in financial distress in this sector than in any other, according to insolvency specialists Begbies Traynor.

The number of food firms in “significant distress” nearly doubled in the last three months of 2014.

The food retail industry itself is also showing signs of financial problems.

The report says that about 4,550 food-selling businesses are currently struggling, compared to 2,878 a year ago. The number in significant distress rose from 733 in the last quarter of 2013 to 1,410 in the last quarter of 2014.

‘Pay to stay’

The rise in financial difficulty is more marked for smaller companies. Small food retailers in distress during the final quarter of last year rose 61% to 4,388, while small manufacturers of food and drink showed a 113% rise to 1,240.

Part of the pressure on food makers comes from supply agreements with big buyers, such as supermarkets, which can involve large discounts, slow payments or demands for rebates.

Last month Newsnight exposed the use of controversial “pay-to-stay” demands made by Premier Foods to its suppliers. Premier later said its arrangement had been “misunderstood and misinterpreted” but it would “simplify” its practice.

“Unless the supermarkets start treating their suppliers more fairly and find longer term solutions to their cost cutting exercise, we expect that more than 100 of these 1410 significantly distressed food and beverage suppliers will fall into administration before the year is up,” said Julie Palmer, a partner at Begbies Traynor.

Overseas goods

“Worryingly, with 3.6 million people employed in the UK food supply chain, the economic and political risks associated with the current price war are now reaching boiling point ahead of May’s election.”

“Adding to their misery, the UK’s food producers and suppliers have failed to see any benefit from the rise in popularity of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl, since much of their canned and packaged stock is sourced from overseas.”

Begbies Traynor used financial data to probe firms in the sector that have traded for more than a year. It labels a company as being in “significant distress” if it has a county court judgement against it of less than £5,000, or if it has a poor credit score.

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