No extra cash for pubs in Scottish Budget

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No extra cash for pubs in Scottish Budget

CAMRA Scotland fears for the future of locals as community hubs, as there was no extra help for pubs in the Scottish Budget.

CAMRA Scotland director Stuart McMahon (pictured) said the Campaign had been lobbying MSPs asking for a 75 per cent business rates discount to help save pubs and breweries.

He said: “Pub-goers will be deeply disappointed by the lack of help for most of our locals.

“While 100 per cent rates relief for hospitality businesses in island communities will be welcomed, failing to pass on extra money from the UK government to help with business rates for the rest of our hospitality businesses is undoubtedly a blow and puts many of our pubs at risk of permanent closure. 

“Yet again it seems the Scottish government just doesn’t understand the importance of our pubs, social clubs and breweries as a vital part of our social fabric – bringing communities together and providing a safe, regulated environment to enjoy a drink with friends and family.

“Our locals are community hubs that need and deserve help to make sure that they survive and thrive. 

“With reports that pubs are closing at a faster rate here than elsewhere in the UK, Scottish government ministers urgently need to rethink the decision not to give our locals the 75 per cent discount with business rates bills that pubs south of the border are receiving.

“The Scottish government also needs to support consumers, pubs and breweries in the new year by ditching any plans to bring back restrictive bans on alcohol advertising.”


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