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  • BBPA welcomes additional government funding for Pub is the Hub

    26 March 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed additional government funding forPub is the Hub, the organisation that helps bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink. The additional government funding – worth £188,000 – will be used for 76 new projects, which will see rural pubs deliver additional services including new Post Office facilities, grocery shops and libraries. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As the original social network, pubs are at the heart of our communities and play a vital role in our lives by bringing us together. “The pub is far more than just a place to eat and drink. The work of Pub is the Hub with funding and expert support shows how vital pubs can be to delivering other services of community value from Post Office facilities to grocery shops and libraries. “This additional Pub is the Hub funding will boost rural, community pubs across the UK, helping them remain viable.  Pub is the Hub is a great charity which everyone in brewing and pubs supports. This additional funding will encourage others to support it too.”

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  • BBPA comments on report into high streets and town centres

    21 February 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today commented on the publication of a report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on high streets and town centres. The report follows an inquiry to which the BBPA gave evidence. Commenting on the report, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As a member of the Government’s Future High Streets Forum, the BBPA has called consistently for the Government to help high streets and town centres. We were also delighted to give evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on the matter. The Great British High Street’s competition and the new fund for high streets announced in the Budget are both very welcome initiatives, but there is more to be done. “As highlighted in the BBPA’s evidence to the Committee, the current business rates system penalises businesses like pubs for investing in their property, as improvements lead to rates rises. The Committee’s recommendation of exploring the introduction of a 12 month ‘holiday’ on these rates increases is most welcome. This would be a positive step forward in regenerating high streets and town centres across the UK if implemented. “The report also recommends replacing business rates for bricks and mortar businesses with a sales tax or an increase in VAT. As always, the devil is in the detail as to whether this would be effective. In any case, a replacement of business rates would need to address the fact that pubs and high street businesses are unfairly taxed, whilst online retailers are not contributing enough. As the report notes, pubs alone pay 2.8% of the total business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of total rateable turnover[1]. We welcome the call for the Government to come forward with views on how business rates could be reformed by October this year. Without doubt a full review is required. “The Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s decision to cut business rates for high street and other small businesses by one third for the next two years in the Autumn Budget was most welcome, as was the announcement of the £675 million Future High Streets Fund. These actions, combined with a number of the recommendations outlined in the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report, are a welcome step towards securing the future of the high street and the pubs that serve them.”

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