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PUBS in the Portsmouth region are lowering prices for one day to highlight the tax pressures publicans face.

Among the 12 pubs taking part in Hampshire – and 52 in the UK as a whole – is the Osborne View in Fareham and the Seven Stars in Stroud.

They are owned by Dorset brewers Hall & Woodhouse, and will be joining in with national Tax Parity Day by lowering their prices by 7.5 per cent to highlight the amount of VAT hospitality businesses pay on sales compared to supermarkets.

In both pubs, that means a pint of Badger Ale will reduce from £3.20 to £2.96. In the Osborne View a meal for two with one starter, two mains and a desert would cost an average of £36.65 rather than £39.63, and a steak and Tanglefoot pie in the Seven Stars will cost £9.85 rather than £10.65.

The reduction represents the prices if VAT in the hospitality sector were cut from 20 per cent to five per cent.