Over 100 MPs have backed an early day motion calling on the UK Government to reduce the tax burden on British pubs.
With 18 pubs across the country closing each week, MPs have rallied their support for a motion tabled by chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Tony Perkins MP, to alleviate taxation on the great British pub.
The backing comes after a recent appeal by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for its members to support changes to the industry.
CAMRA national chairman Jackie Parker said: “We know that 18 pubs are being forced to close each week and we welcome the EDM calling for more support for pubs, and the backing from those MPs who have signed it already.
“A number of factors contribute to these closures, including high beer duty, business rates and VAT. It is only by changing Government policy on key issues that we will be able to protect the British pub and ensure it remains at the very heart of our communities.
“We would urge all MPs to consider signing this EDM.”
CAMRA is campaigning for a cut to beer duty and business rates relief to be included in the Autumn Budget.
Perkins said that pubs play an “incredibly important role” in local economies and welcomed the support shown by MPs.
He added: “There is a concern that the overall burden of tax on our pubs is excessive and MPs across the house will continue to make the case to do more to support this crucial sector.”