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Business Rates review should make fairer deal for pubs a priority

15/08/13


The British Beer & Pub Association has today called on the Government to put pubs first when reviewing the future of Business Rates.


The BBPA has pressed the Pubs Minister to raise the plight of pubs as part of any cross-Government review of business rates. The trade association is putting together a package of proposals for consideration by BIS and Treasury officials which includes:


  • A call for the small business rate relief to be extended at least until the end of the Parliament (it is currently due to end in April 2014)
  • A nationwide take-up campaign urging local authorities to offer rural rate relief to pubs in remote villages
  • A review of the business rate revaluation process to enable pubs to automatically trigger business rate revaluations when their turnover is materially reduced

Andy Tighe, Policy Director, said:


“Business Rates now account for well over 10 per cent of a pub’s operating costs. It is a significant part of the tax burden on pubs and anything Brandon Lewis can do to put forward our proposals will be warmly welcomed by the pub sector.”


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.




Tags:

Community, Pubs


For further information contact:

David Wilson
Director of Public Affairs
dwilson@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9151 / 07557 436 033


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