CAMRA comment on Mayor of London’s new pub closure figures
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Following the release of London pub closure figures from the Mayor of London, showing a year of stability for London pubs, please find the below comment from CAMRA.
Tom Stainer, CAMRA Chief Executive said:
“We applaud the work that the Mayor’s Office has done to highlight the vital role pubs have to play in London, and to call for more to be done at other levels of Government to work to prevent closures.
“We know that pubs across the UK, and especially in London, have been struggling with unfairly high increases in business rates bills, while a lot of pub tenants are also squeezed due to having to buy beer through their pub companies at high prices. This means that pubs have to raise their prices, which means that pub going becomes increasingly unaffordable for the average person.
“Stability is absolutely what beer and pubs in London need right now, which is exactly what we will be telling the Chancellor when we next have a Budget. We look forward to working more with the Mayor’s Office in future to highlight the amazing economic and social value of the capital’s pubs.“