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BBPA welcomes MPs’ report calling on Government to see pubs as solution not problem

The BBPA has today welcomed a new report, published by an influential group of MPs, calling on the Government to recognise pubs’ role in boosting Britain’s economic and social wellbeing.

The report, titled “Unlocking Pubs’ Potential”, reveals the findings of an inquiry conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group – Parliament’s largest cross-party issue group. The full  report can be downloaded from www.beergroupinquiry.com.

It recommends that the Government fundamentally reviews business rates for pubs and reduces beer duty, to help boost jobs, tourism and culture and society in the UK.

 Commenting on the report, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “This important report rightly recognises that pubs are much more than a place to drink, they’re the heart of the community, bringing us together and enriching our lives. They’re a force for good, putting back into society, creating local jobs and genuine career opportunities.

“It’s vital the Government continue to recognise the role pubs play in boosting national wellbeing. That starts with a cut in beer duty and fundamentally overhauling business rates to help keep community locals open. It’s now on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to listen to these calls and deliver a Budget that helps pubs.”