CAMRA is calling for the Government implement a promised review of business rates.

The Campaign is calling on the Government to deliver on its Manifesto commitment to review the business rates system and relieve the burden on the pub sector.

CAMRA is concerned pubs are facing a punitive tax burden, which sees the average pub pay £140,000 a year in direct taxes, or 34p in every £1 taken in the till.

Now CAMRA, together with the pub trade association has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid to demand immediate and thorough reform of business rates.

The Campaign is calling on the Government to make the Pubs Relief Scheme permanent and to extend it to £5,000 per pub per year.

CAMRA is also calling on the Government to keep the brewing and pubs sector front and centre in the Brexit negotiations and to freeze beer duty for the duration of the next Parliament.

CAMRA’s national chairman Colin Valentine said: “Pubs are a force for good in local communities. Not only do they support the economy and provide employment, but they also bring communities together, help raise money for charities and are a major attraction for visitors from around the world.

“Despite this, pubs continue to face a huge tax bill which has recently been made even worse through increases to beer duty and business rates.

“Ultimately, it is the consumer who will pay the price as publicans are forced to put up prices, which could lead to a number of pub closures in a time of austerity and uncertainty. Therefore, we are calling on the Government to adhere to its Manifesto commitment to review the business rates system.

“With one in five MPs promising to back the brewing and pubs trade, we hope those elected will come together to become a powerful voice for pub-goers and beer drinkers in this Parliament.”

The call for a review of business rates is backed by industry trade associations.

Sector-specific relief for pubs and discretionary relief for those businesses hardest hit was promised at this year’s Spring Budget, but many businesses have not yet received the funds, says the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailer (ALMR).

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “It is absolutely vital that rates relief is distributed to those businesses most in need as soon as possible.

“The whole point of the relief was to target those companies most at risk because of huge rates rises, so the urgency is self-evident. Although some businesses have been told that they may be receiving discretionary relief, the implementation has been very slow.”

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