Trade Associations

Thousands of pubs could be hit with £800m business rates bill

A business rates bill of £800m could be the ‘‘last straw’’ for pubs in the UK, according to The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

The trade association explained today (14 September) that should the specific relief from the government’s Business Rates Review end as planned in March 2021, pubs across the country will face a £800m bill – an average bill of £25,000 per rate paying pub.

The BBPA is urging the government to extend its pub sector relief on business rates for at least another year, as part of the government’s ongoing review and with submissions due this week.

Emma McClarkin, CEO of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: ‘‘Ending the Business Rates relief for pubs and handing them a bill of £800 million – an average of £25,000 per rate paying pub – could be the last straw for thousands of pubs.

‘‘Given that all these pubs made it through the lockdown – over 15 weeks without being able to open their doors – and have remained viable businesses despite social distancing and significantly lower footfall, it would be devastating for them to fall at the final hurdle in the post-lockdown recovery.’’

She added: ‘‘It would mean much of the Government’s vital support for the sector through lockdown would have been wasted. This is why we are asking the Government to extend the relief and help protect our great British pubs and the hundreds of thousands of jobs they support.

‘‘Investing in our pubs now will enable them to survive and thrive into 2021 and beyond, help lead the economic recovery and generate a larger tax revenue for the Government in the future.’’


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