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CAMRA Calls For Urgent Action On Community Ownership Fund To Save Pubs

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has urged the Minister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to ensure community groups’ efforts to save pubs won’t be wasted.

CAMRA has written to Angela Rayner the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to ask for urgent action on the payment of grants from the Community Ownership Fund.

During the run-up to the General Election, unfinalised Grand Funding Agreements from the Community Ownership Fund have meant payments to community groups have not been made, despite the funding having already been agreed and announced by the previous Government.

Community projects up and down the country have been impacted by this, with bids to turn their local pubs into community-owned pubs now in significant danger. Owners selling the property may be put off by the delay and Assets of Community Value moratoriums could expire before community groups can finalise the purchase of their local.

CAMRA is urging Government to make this a top priority of their first weeks in power.

Commenting, Gary Timmins, CAMRA Pub & Club Campaigns Director said:
“We are supremely disappointed by this mix-up. Community groups with plans to improve their communities and rescue their local have been left in limbo and are now unsure what the future holds for their campaigns.

“Groups up and down the country have been working tirelessly, sometimes for years, to secure funding from various sources to save their local pubs. Securing Community Ownership Fund grants gave groups hopes of achieving their campaigns, this has currently been cruelly snatched away from them.

“Community groups are now unsure if they will be able to buy their local pubs, with years of work potentially wasted. I urge the Secretary of State to ensure that agreed funds are followed through and acted on urgently.”