Government Must Not Restrict Managers’ Access To Accommodation

Any decision to restrict access to tax-free accommodation for pub and bar managers could have negative consequences for the sector, according to the ALMR.

The ALMR has urged the Government to retain the tax-free status of accommodation provided by pub employers, negotiated by the ALMR in 2007, in order to continue supporting businesses.
The trade body has also called for the wider licensed hospitality sector to be recognised to better reflect an evolving licensed hospitality market.

The Government has stated it will publish a consultation with proposals to bring the tax treatment of employer-provided accommodation and board and lodgings up to date. This will include proposals for when accommodation should be exempt, including accommodation for pubs and bar operators.

ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “For many pub, bar and restaurant operators the ability to live above the shop is an absolutely essential part of the job. Without this convenient accommodation, many innovative and hardworking licensees would be unable to work long hours and keep their businesses open to grateful customers. The tax-free status of pub accommodation was negotiated by the ALMR in 2007 and must not be removed.

“The needs and concerns of operators across the sector must be reflected in the review and existing exemptions retained and expanded to reflect a changing hospitality sector. More business, including restaurants are open later into the night and represent a continually-evolving eating and drinking out market. These businesses must also be recognised for the contribution they make and their need for convenient accommodation. 

“The ALMR will be responding to the consultation to make this point and to push hard to ensure that accommodation for landlords and managers remains tax free. The Government has taken some positive steps today to reduce costs for hardworking pub, bars and restaurants. The last thing it needs to do is to undermine this good work with an unhelpful tax hike that could see landlords and managers unable to live in their own venues.”