Guy Opperman has welcomed the Chancellor's Budget.
Some of the budget announcements are that drought relief will apply a new, low rate of duty on draught beer and cider. It will particularly benefit community pubs who do 75% of their trade on draught.
The change is not a temporary freeze, but will instead cut duty by an average of 5% - long term investment in British pubs of £100m a year.
The Chancellor also confirmed that the planned increase in duty on spirits like Scotch Whisky, wine, cider and beer, will all, be cancelled - a tax cut worth £3bn.
The announcement comes alongside a 50% business rates discount for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.
Guy Opperman said: "Our hospitality industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic, and a beer duty cut is exactly what local public publicans have been calling for.
As we recover from the pandemic, the government is backing our hospitality industry – from this beer, duty cut, to small business rates relief, and the planned increase in duty on spirits cancelled."
Guy Opperman has also welcomed the announcement that workers on the minimum wage are set to get a pay boost from April, with the rate for those aged over 23 rising to £9.50 an hour from £8.91.
The move was announced at today's budget and follows the recommendation of independent advisers, the Low Pay Commission.
The 6.6% increase in the National Living Wage for those aged over 23 is more than twice the current 3.1% rise in the cost of living.
Minimum pay rates for younger workers are also set to go up.
The National Minimum Wage for people aged 21-22 will rise from £8.36 to £9.18 an hour and the Apprentice Rate will increase from £4.30 to £4.81 an hour
Guy Opperman MP said: "I welcome this announcement which will ensure that we become a high wage economy. This will put more cash in the pockets of the least paid.
I was delighted to recently host the Tynedale Jobs Fair, which saw hundreds of job seekers attend. This announcement will boost the wages of many across Tynedale and Ponteland."