BBPA backs CAMRA call for business rates relief

08/08/2017 - 08:49
BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds has welcomed CAMRA’s call for greater business rates relief for pubs.

Simmonds said: “This is something we called for in the BBPA manifesto for the general election, so it is hugely welcome that CAMRA, which represents over 180,000 consumers, is also backing £5,000 in pub-specific rate relief.
“CAMRA is right to highlight that pubs are very unfairly disadvantaged by the current rates system. As a sector, we pay per 2.8% of the total business rates bill, but only generate 0.5% of turnover.  

“We need a wholesale review of the current system and, at the very least, need to bring those who benefit from online sales into paying more of their share.
“It is also good to see CAMRA backing a freeze in beer duty for the lifetime of this parliament. RPI increases, like the 3.9% seen in the March budget, are unsustainable and have already cost the industry £130 million this year.”  

Speaking ahead of its Great British Beer Festival, The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) warned on Monday (7 July) that rates were driving community pubs out of business.

CAMRA national chairman Colin Valentine called the current proportion of taxes on the cost of a pint as 'unstainable'.

He said: “It is the consumer that will ultimately pay the price, whether it is when their beloved local closes down or when the price of their pint goes up.”

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