Pubs have an important role in our communities and across the UK they provide 850,000 jobs. I support CAMRA’s campaign calling for action on business rates on pubs in England.
CAMRA campaigned for support for pubs facing significant increases in their business rates due to the revaluation which comes into force in April.
Ahead of the Spring Budget, Labour called for an emergency transitional relief fund and a series of other measures to ease the business rate burden for pubs. I believe that we need a deeper reform of the system in order to support the traditional fabric of our communities for the long term, including community pubs.
Following the pressure from inside and outside of Parliament the Government has now announced a new temporary £1,000 discount on business rates bills for all pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000.
I know that CAMRA has welcomed this relief, and has asked for the measure to be made permanent and to be increased in future Budgets.
I will continue to support our local community pubs and to support calls for reform of the business rates system for the long term.