CAMRA has backed a report by senior MPs calling for Government tax reforms if high streets are to flourish.

The government should consider taxing online sales, deliveries or packaging and cutting property taxes for retailers as part of a package to help revive the UK’s ailing high streets says the housing communities and local government committee.

The MPs say local authorities need more help, including extra cash, to redevelop town centres.

CAMRA National Chairman Jackie Parker said: “We welcome the Committee’s report, which highlights how business rates are stacking the odds against high street retailers. Every local high street should have a great community pub, yet there are still 14 closing their doors every week across the country.

“CAMRA is calling on the Government to conduct a full review of how the business rates system works – as promised in their manifesto – in order to address the current system where pubs are unfairly burdened.”

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