Help pubs, says MP

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SEFTON Cen­tral MP Bill Ester­son is call­ing for the Chan­cel­lor to give pubs a fi­nan­cial boost in the au­tumn Bud­get.

Mr Ester­son says an­nual busi­ness rate re­lief of £5,000 should be of­fered to the 45 pubs in the con­stituency and oth­ers na­tion­wide to help pro­tect jobs and growth.

He also en­dorsed a call by in­dus­try cam­paign­ers in­clud­ing the Cam­paign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Bri­tish Beer & Pub As­so­ci­a­tion (BBPA), the So­ci­ety of In­de­pen­dent Brew­ers

(SIBA) and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Li­censed Mul­ti­ple Re­tail­ers (ALMR) for a freeze in beer duty for the rest of this Par­lia­ment.

Mr Ester­son said: “Pubs are a force for good in Sefton Cen­tral and across the UK.

“Pubs are at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties and the lo­cal econ­omy, but they are strug­gling un­der the weight of a grow­ing tax bur­den, with each pay­ing nearly £140,000 on av­er­age in tax ev­ery year.

“In Sefton Cen­tral we have three brew­eries, 45 pubs and the in­dus­try sup­ports over 1,240 jobs.

“Th­ese es­tab­lish­ments need all the help they can get, which is why I’m ask­ing the Chan­cel­lor to do what­ever he can to sup­port them in the Au­tumn Bud­get.”

Re­views of busi­ness rates across Eng­land mean many pubs are be­ing hit with a mas­sive new fi­nan­cial bur­den, which in some cases could only be cov­ered by them sell­ing thou­sands of ex­tra pints of beer ev­ery year.

“The Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced a wel­come one-off £1,000 dis­count scheme for some pubs in the lat­est Bud­get, but more ac­tion is needed to keep pubs afloat.’’

Taxes now make up a third of the cost of a pint, and United King­dom beer duty is among the high­est in Europe.

Re­cent re­search car­ried out by YouGov for CAMRA found that 55% of peo­ple who ex­pressed an opin­ion be­lieve beer duty is too high at 54p per pint.

Mr Ester­son said: “The £1,000 busi­ness rates re­lief in­tro­duced this year has been a valu­able life­line for many pubs but it’s clear this is not enough to se­cure the long-term fu­ture of our val­ued pubs.

“I urge the Chan­cel­lor to go fur­ther and show more sup­port for this im­por­tant in­dus­try”.

Formby Band pic­tured last year, have per­formed at Chateau Charly in the Loire Val­ley

Mr Ester­son wants rate re­lief for pubs

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