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BBPA comments on Labour Party proposals on business rates


Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“We would very much welcome a cut in business rates, though not through increased Corporation Tax, as we want to see the overall tax burden on business coming down.

“Business rates are a pressing issue for pubs. Current Small Business Rate Relief is due to expire in March, unless the Government decides to extend it further. We believe this will hit 16,000 pubs across England and Wales with extra tax bills of around £1,000 on average – the last thing they need.”

"I hope Ed Miliband’s announcement increases the focus on the impact high business rates are now having on pubs and as a first step, that the Government keeps the current relief in place.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.


Pubs, Business rates

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