BBPA make Treasury demands ahead of Budget

BBPA treasury demands ahead of budget
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The British Beer and Pub Association has held a “very productive” meeting with the Treasury ahead of the 27 October Budget, highlighting the £26bn contributed by the sector annually.

 

Urging the government to invest in pubs and brewers during a turbulent period for the industry, the association called for a fairer tax burden to help UK operators to survive.

“Investing in our brewers and pubs is investing in our communities and society to build back better,” said CEO Emma McClarkin. “In return we will create jobs, boost the local economy and help our communities reconnect and unite again.”

“If the Government is serious about levelling up, it must get serious about reducing the tax burdens on our sector.”

During the meeting, the BBPA called for three key Budget inclusions; cutting beer duty overall, extending business rates relief, and permanently lowering VAT for all food and drink sold in pubs.

The association also reiterated that the pub and brewery sector alone was responsible for supporting over 900,000 jobs in communities across the UK.

“Investment from the Government will enable the beer and pub sector to drive a jobs-rich recovery, whilst ensuring a pint in a pub remains an affordable pleasure.”


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