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More: “Griffiths pointed out the value of community pubs to local areas, for example providing sponsorship for sports teams, providing employment and giving communities a place to “come together”. He said that the escalator has “increased beer duty by a crippling 42%” since it was introduced in 2008. Griffiths also quoted the Campaign for Real Ale’s figures released today that said that 18 pubs are closing each week. He said: “The point of an escalator is to stop when you get to the top. We are in danger of going over a cliff here.”