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CAMRA warns storm brewing for pubs unless Government acts soon

Press Release

Sunday 18th March, 2018

CAMRA warns storm brewing for pubs unless Government acts soon

New figures show that 18 pubs are closing every week

 

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)  is calling for a new deal for pubs in response to fresh data which reveals 18 pubs are being lost each week. The consumer group says that urgent action is needed to cut the tax burden placed on pubs.

Pubs are being hit hard by a triple whammy of one of the highest rates of beer duty across Europe, rapidly rising business rates and VAT. A third of the cost of a pub pint is now made up of various taxes.

While temporary business rate relief and a beer duty freeze have been welcome, CAMRA is calling on the Government to implement a fundamental review of the tax system. Britain's departure from the European Union provides new opportunities to support pubs, such as the potential for lower rates of tax for draught beer sold in pubs.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chairman says: "Pubs are now facing a crippling tax burden, exacerbated by the perfect storm of the last business rates revaluation and a high level of beer duty. From these new pub closure figures, it is clear that a fundamental change is needed if the British pub is to survive for future generations.

"As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, the Government has a unique opportunity to update the tax system to better support pubs, which are a bastion of British culture and at the heart of communities across the country.

"We can now look further afield for a new tax deal for the sector. This could include implementing the Australian model of having a lower rate of duty for beer sold in pubs, radically changing the business rates system, or charging a lower rate of VAT for pubs or, even better, all three.

"Millions of dedicated pub-goers are looking to the Government to act now to secure the future of the great British pub. We're now challenging the Government to be the most pro-pub in history by seizing this opportunity."

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About the pub closure survey  

This report of pub closures covers pubs throughout the UK which are known to have closed between 1st July 2017 and 31st December 2017, with comparative data for the 12 previous months. It details pub closures and does not include new openings.

The total closures are given (permanent closures and non-permanent closures). Temporary closures, e.g. for a refurbishment, are not included in these analyses.

The data has been compiled by CAMRA's WhatPub online pub guide, which covers about 47,500 pubs in the UK. This is estimated to represent over 95% of all currently open pubs. Information is collated by several thousand CAMRA members who provide updates on pubs to the 220 CAMRA branches maintaining the WhatPub database, and report to branches on pubs closing and opening. Branches then monitor these pub closures and record the key details including when and why.

Total UK pub closures

Total

Per Week

Jul-Dec 2017

460

17.7

Jan-Jun 2017

525

20.2

Jul-Dec 2016

455

17.5

 

Total pub closures Jul-Dec 2017

Closures

%of total pubs closed

England

413

1.00%

Wales

19

0.60%

Scotland

28

0.80%

 

Regional Breakdown

Total pub closures Jul-Dec 2017

Closures

% of total pubs closed

East Midlands

38

1.10%

East of England

47

1.10%

Greater London

52

1.20%

North East

16

0.80%

North West

59

0.90%

South East

62

1.00%

South West

47

0.90%

West Midlands

35

0.80%

Yorkshire and the Humber

57

1.20%

 
 
About CAMRA
 
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 190,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.