Os­borne’s changes are a re­lief for pubs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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

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