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Business Rates

The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented threat to pubs. This page contains information on the Save Our Pubs Campaign before the forced closure of pubs to tackle COVID-19.

Click on the button to the right to find out about the campaign to get pub companies to cancel rent for their tenants during the COVID-19 crisis.

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 2016 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. We need a full review of how the business rates system works – this needs to look at how to address the current system where pubs are unfairly burdened.

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 will continue to campaign to ensure that this review addresses the ways in which pubs are unfairly burdened.


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