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Rates revaluation delay bad news for many pubs, says British Beer & Pub Association

19/10/12


Commenting on the delay announced in the rates revaluation process, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:


“This will come as bad news for many pubs, which were relying on the revaluation to reduce business rates because their turnover had dropped. The revaluation is an opportunity to get a fairer rates bill, so any delay is very unwelcome.


“If we are going to see more time passing between rate revaluations, then it makes the reintroduction of Section 20c [of the Local Government Finance Act] all the more important. This would allow pubs to appeal annually, where their levels of trade have since dropped, offering an immediate rebate.


“I have already mentioned Section 20 when I met the new pubs minister, Brandon Lewis, in Birmingham and will raise it again at my next more formal meeting. It is very important to try to get the Government to act on the issue.”


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, Regulation, Pubs


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Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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