Osborne’s changes are a relief for pubs
WITH 31 pubs closing every week, the Chancellor’s extension of small business rate relief and an additional £500 reduction in business rates for most pubs in England is great news for pub-goers.
Business rates are a significant burden on pubs and so these announcements will help keep pubs open, boost investment and ensure consumers continue to benefit from great pubs.
The review of business rates also provides an opportunity to address the disproportionate tax burden on pub beer sales compared with supermarket beer sales.
TOM STAINER The Campaign for Real Ale