CAMRA comments on Localis pub report
Commenting on the release of the Localis ‘Inn-Valuable: unlocking the socio-economic potential of our nation’s pubs’ report, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said:
“Pubs, and social clubs, are the cornerstone of communities across the UK, and while the findings of this report will not be a surprise to pub-goers or licensees, they serve as a vital reminder to the Government of both the social and economic value of pubs as we look towards the Autumn Statement.
“Licensees, brewers, and cider makers face an uncertain economic future as they don’t know what their business rates or energy bills will look like in the next year. The Chancellor can start helping through the Autumn Statement by extending support schemes and getting rid of the red tape preventing licensees from selling draught beer and cider for consumers to take away and enjoy at home.
“The Government must also show their commitment to the licensed trade by re-appointing a Pubs Minister – something that has been lacking from the Ministerial roster for a few years now and is rightly highlighted in this report.”