Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive:
“This is something we called for in the BBPA manifesto for the General Election, so it is hugely welcome that CAMRA, which represents over 180,000 consumers, is also backing £5,000 in pub-specific rate relief.
“CAMRA is right to highlight that pubs are very unfairly disadvantaged by the current rates system. As a sector, we pay per 2.8 per cent of the total business rates bill, but only generate 0.5 per cent of turnover. We need a wholesale review of the current system and, at the very least, need to bring those who benefit from online sales into paying more of their share.
“It is also good to see CAMRA backing a freeze in beer duty for the lifetime of this Parliament. RPI increases, like the 3.9 per cent seen in the March Budget, are unsustainable and have already cost the industry £130 million this year.”