MP Charlotte pledges support to campaign to help pubs and breweries


WARRINGTON North MP Charlotte Nichols has pledged her support for the Long Live the Local campaign to help pubs and breweries recover and thrive.
She has joined more than 125,000 people who have signed the petition so far – including 244 from her constituency alone.
Ms Nichols, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs, is calling on the Government to lower VAT and Business Rates for pubs and for an overall reduction in Beer Duty.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on brewers and pubs throughout the UK and continues to do so as the sector tries to kickstart its recovery. The sector needs an immediate boost and the fact that a local pub adds £100,000 to its local economy, creates jobs and acts as a social hub, underlines how directly investment in the form of lower VAT, Business Rates and an overall cut to beer duty can help pubs and their communities to recover.
It will also boost Britain’s world class brewing sector, a homegrown manufacturing success story that brews over 80 per cent of the beer we drink.
Brewing and pubs in Warrington North support 1304 jobs and contributes £48m to the local economy. With £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs going to the taxman, British drinkers and pub goers are overtaxed and this is hampering the recovery of our cherished locals and Britain`s brewers.
Ms Nichols said: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across Warrington North, but with pubs bearing a disproportionate burden as a result of the pandemic the Government should consider cutting unfair taxes on pubs that are hampering their recovery. I’m supporting the Long Live the Local campaign and calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT and Business Rates for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall at this year’s Budget to support the recovery of pubs.”


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