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This page contains information about the ‘Save Our Pubs’ campaign. This campaign focuses on the long-term issues affecting pubs and clubs, and the areas of government policy which CAMRA campaigns on at a national level.

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The pub sector overpays by £500 million in business rates each year

Businesses in England are required to pay a tax to their local council based on the value of the property that they occupy – these are called business rates. In 2017 40% of pubs were handed an increase in their business rates bill – the result of which is that many have had to put up their prices for consumers to cover their rates increases, or in some cases close for good.

Pubs currently pay 2.8% of the business rates bill but only account for 0.5% of total business turnover, which is an overpayment of around £500 million by the sector each year.

The good news is that the Government has announced that it will undertake a full review of the business rates system. CAMRA has been calling for this since 2017 and we are campaigning to ensure that this review addresses the ways in which pubs are unfairly burdened.

CAMRA is also committed to working towards a fairer rates system for pubs and clubs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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