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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