Plans to slap an extra tax on town centre pubs have been met with fury by the British Beer and Pub Association.

The Liberal Democrats are expected to debate the proposal, which would push for councils to be given new powers to levy a ‘small per drink surcharge’ in bars and pubs, at their party conference in Birmingham next month.

Money raised from the ‘tipple tax’ on beer, wine and spirits would be used towards the additional policing and health costs associated with drinking.

But a spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association slammed the proposal. “British pubgoers already face some of the highest taxes in the world,” he said.

“Beer drinkers pay almost a pound a pint in tax in the pub, and beer tax has risen by a massive 35 per cent in the past three years alone. More taxes are the last thing pubs and pubgoers need.”