CAMRA has welcomed a new report, published by an influential group of MPs, calling on the government to recognise pubs’ role in boosting Britain’s economic and social wellbeing.
The report, titled Unlocking Pubs’ Potential, reveals the findings of an inquiry conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG).
It recommends the government fundamentally reviews business rates for pubs and reduces beer duty to help boost jobs, tourism and society in the UK.
The MPs call emphatically for the government to wake up to the potential of pubs in boosting Britain’s economic and social wellbeing.
Pubs have a huge amount to offer, says the report. “But if they are to deliver their full potential, policymakers must embrace a broad notion of their social worth and see them as solutions, not as a cause of problems.
“If there’s one message policymakers are asked to take away, let it be to see the economic and social possibilities of the innovation, the investment and the people in this sunrise sector.”
CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “It’s great to see a report come out of parliament that is so unashamedly positive about the contribution of pubs to our economy and society. At CAMRA we believe the best way to reduce duty is to introduce a lower rate of tax on draught beer – which is sold on tap, in pubs. Coupled with fundamental reform of business rates, this will encourage consumption of alcohol in a supervised setting, bring investment and employment to high streets and villages, and allow everyone to take advantage of the social and wellbeing benefits of thriving community pubs.”
Launching the report, APPBG chair Mike Wood MP said: “As government charts a new course for national wellbeing, it’s time to wake up to the widespread initiatives pubs can help deliver. During this inquiry we heard how well-trained licensees are playing an unsung role in supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Pubs’ investments are regenerating employment and enterprise prospects showing they can be a critical anchor in bringing left behind communities back to life.”
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