Ahead of this week’s Budget, Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has backed the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) call to reduce the tax levied on draught beer. At a meeting in Westminster, the Welsh Labour MP said it was time to “reduce the strain” on the pub and wider hospitality industry.
As many as 14 pubs close every day across the UK, despite the industry supporting nearly 900,000 jobs and contributing £23.6 billion a year to the UK economy.
Among other things, CAMRA are campaigning to reduce the amount of tax pubs pay on draught beer, which is currently among the highest in Europe.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Our pub trade forms a key component of our local economies, as well as providing opportunities for more remote communities to socialise. Pubs have been under a significant strain in recent years so it’s high time the Chancellor used the powers at his disposal to make this industry more financially sustainable.
“If the Conservatives are serious about levelling up our country, they will act decisively to support the vital businesses in our pub trade – a move that will benefit our whole country.”
New UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, is set to deliver the UK Government’s next Budget on Wednesday (11 March) amidst the backdrop of the Coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s vital that the Chancellor uses all powers at his disposal to support the UK economy in the face of the Coronavirus. Crucially, that also means he needs to give the Welsh Labour Government any resources they require to plan for and respond to the situation.
“That said, we still need to see whether the Conservatives are going to make good on their manifesto commitments and properly “level up” our country – a levelling up of which Wales must be at the forefront.”