Published on April 4, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour


Downing 18 units a week

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra)  is calling for a new deal for pubs in response to fresh data which reveals 18 pubs are being lost each week. The consumer group says that urgent action is needed to cut the tax burden placed on pubs.

Pubs are being hit hard by a triple whammy of one of the highest rates of beer duty across Europe, rapidly rising business rates and VAT. A third of the cost of a pub pint is now made up of various taxes.

The latest report on pub closures covers pubs throughout the UK which are known to have closed between July 1 2017 and December 31 2017, with comparative data for the 12 previous months. It details pub closures and does not include new openings. The data has been compiled by Camra’s WhatPub online pub guide, which covers about 47,500 pubs in the UK. This is estimated to represent over 95% of all currently open pubs. Information is collated by several thousand Camra members who provide updates on pubs to the 220 Camra branches maintaining the WhatPub database, and report to branches on pubs closing and opening. Branches then monitor these pub closures and record the key details including when and why.

Cheers asks: Wouldn’t it be easy to include new pub openings in the data to give us a clearer picture of the actual situation? It just seems so negative as it is.

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