Industry body Pubs of Ulster welcomed news that beer duty is to be cut for the third year in the row.
The latest cut offered a real boost to the hospitality sector with the cost of a pint now 10p cheaper than under the duty escalator, said CEO Colin Neill.
“Pubs of Ulster welcomes today’s Budget announcement and the Chancellor’s decision to cut beer duty by a penny. We have worked very hard with Northern Ireland’s MPs to demonstrate that draught beer is unique to the hospitality sector and carries a lower alcohol content than most other alcoholic beverages.
“This announcement follows months of lobbying those MPs and indeed it shows the strength of our MPs that they have significant influence at Westminster which can be used to help NI hospitality businesses.”