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THE REAL PRICE OF BEER IS CHEAPER TODAY (IN REAL TERMS) THAN EVER BEFORE.

DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THE POLITICIANS TELL YOU?
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PUBLIC HOUSE PRICES

In 1966 a pint of Bitter cost  £0/1/10d (£0.0916 today)

In 1966 the average wage is recorded as £20 per week
(Doctors and footballers on £100 pw and farm labourers on £13 pw)

Based upon a 40 hour week that equated to £0.50 per hour

That £0.50 would purchase 5.5 pints.  (5.46)

(One FT source gives the average wage as £25.65 per week, that works out at 7 pints ..... seems this is London wages)

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By 1971 the average National UK wage (for men) was £28 per week.
Based on a 40 hour week and post decimalisation Bitter at 12.5p / pint
One hour's work would buy 5.6 pints.

(That same FT source gives the average wage as £38.00 per week, that works out at over 7.5 pints !)
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In June 2009 the Office for National Statistics gave the average weekly wage as £489

Based upon a 40 hour week that is £12.23 an hour.

A 3.8% BITTER then cost on average, £2.80 a pint.
So the average hourly gross pay would buy 4.4 pints.

Even assuming a 35 hour week it only works out to be
5 pints (4.99), still less than in 1966.
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DECEMBER 2012.
Average weekly earnings given as £546.8, based upon a 38 hour week.
That is £14.39 per hour.
My favourite 3.8% BITTER then £3.10 a pint (Avoiding more expensive outlets)

So 4.6 pints was the current allowance.....
Tax increases on beer in the new year threatened to drastically reduce that!
Needless to say my pension is nowhere near the `average wage'.

APRIL 2013
The Office for National Statistics gives current average weekly earnings as £442.
Unfortunately my tipple is now £3.20 a pint.
My pension remains stagnant...
So the allowance is down to 3.63 pints.

JULY 2016
Average wage said to be £502 per week.
Beer at £3.40 a pint
At a 38 hour week = 3.87 pints per hour - The economy is booming!

 

 

 

 

On 15th June 1973 in was reported that forktruck drivers, working for Watney Mann
were paid £32.40 gross per 40 hour week. Overtime was paid at £1.20 per hour.
With best bitter then at 14 pence a pint, the normal hourly rate would buy 5.78 pints.

 

 

 

Beer prices reported July 1972

Product Percentage alcohol Pence per pint
National Brewers Youngers IPA 4.6 13 -13.5
Bass Charrington IPA Best 3.8 14-17
Courage Best Bitter 4.1 13
Ind Coope Best Bitter 3.4 13
Watney `Special' 3.4 12.5
Whitbread Trophy 3.7 13
   
Regional Brewers Adnams Best Bitter 3.5 12
Batham 4.7 13
Devenish 2.7 11 - 12
Greenhall Whitley 3.9 13
Greene King IPA 3.7 13
Hall Woodhouse Badger Best 4.0 13
Jennings Castle 3.7 12
Theakstons Best 3.6 13
Trumans Special 3.9 15
Vaux - Sampson 3.9 13
Wolverhampton & Dudley - Banks's 3.8 13
Youngs 3.5 13

In October 1971 it was said that the average East Anglian wage was £28.70 for a 45.9 hour week.
This compared with £25.90 in 1970 for a 46.4 hour week.
(National average in 1971 was £30.93 for a 44.7 hour week)
East Anglian farm labourers wages in 1971 averaged £19.51 for a 46.8 hour week.

  

In June 1969 it was reported that a pint of Guinness would cost
up to 2/3d (11.25p) in a lounge bar, but only 1/9d (8.75p) in the average public bar.



By 1976 it is reported that an average pint of beer cost 32p per pint
With the average wage then £72 per week the hourly rate of a 40 hour week
would purchase 5.5 pints (5.625).


Reported average beer prices per pint :-
1992 - £1.47
2002 - £2.10
2012 - £3.19
2013 - £3.30