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BBPA manifesto calls for business rates assistance

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The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called for pubs to receive a £25,000 business rates assistance package in its latest manifesto, released ahead of the general election.

 

The manifesto proposes a business rates assistance payment of £5,000 per annum for five years, an extension of the current one year, £1,000 per-pub plan.

Stating that the current tax levied on pubs is “significant” and that they are “shouldering a disproportionate burden” the publication said an urgent review for long term prosperity was also required.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “As a vital industry employing around 900,000 people, we will be engaging with serving politicians and candidates throughout the campaign.

“I hope candidates in all parties will recognise the importance of brewing and pubs to our communities and the economy, and help promote the policies needed to create sustainable growth in the sector.”

The document also highlights the perceived issues that may arise from Brexit, and what actions may be taken to both counter this, and unlock growth and investment within the market.

“As the UK leaves the European Union a free trade deal with the EU without additional paperwork is vital for beer imports and exports – and greater government support is needed to foster beer exports in overseas markets.” said a BBPA spokesman.

To combat high rates of UK beer taxation, the manifesto calls for a freeze in beer duty over the course of the next Parliament as a minimum measure.

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