Comment from CAMRA on the Labour Manifesto
Following the release of the Labour Manifesto this morning, please find below comment from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), whch is urging election candidates to back a number of pledges to support British pubs and beer.
Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chairman says:
"It's great to see Labour's manifesto recognise the crucial role pubs play in local community life. With 21 closing every week, the national review of pubs they propose could grant many a much-needed lifeline – but to have real effect it must include action to relieve the tax burden on pubs and a commitment to keep the behaviour of large pub companies under active review.
"We also strongly welcome the proposed review of business rates. Tackling the unacceptable burden on pubs - which pay 2.8% of all business rates but account for only 0.5% of total business turnover – is long overdue. CAMRA would like to see pubs granted a permanent business rates relief of £5,000 per year.
"We would urge Labour candidates who are serious about supporting Britain's pubgoers and beer drinkers to sign up to CAMRA's #pledgeforpubs. 216 candidates already have.
"We also look forward to seeing details of how other parties respond to the challenge of protecting and championing the UK's beer and pubs sector over the next five years."
CAMRA's full Manifesto for candidates can be accessed at www.camra.org.uk/pledgeforpubs
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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 187,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.