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CAMRA manifesto echoes BBPA call for £5,000 rates discount

By Liam Coleman , 11-May-2017
Last updated on 11-May-2017 at 12:30 GMT2017-05-11T12:30:39Z

A Brexit 'chance': CAMRA's Colin Valentine sees opportunities for pubs
A Brexit 'chance': CAMRA's Colin Valentine sees opportunities for pubs

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has published its manifesto echoing demands first set out by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to introduce an annual business rates discount for pubs of £5,000.

It also calls for a freeze in beer duty for the entirety of the next parliament and for small breweries' relief to be retained, alongside more favourable duty and VAT rates for draught beer sold in pubs in the longer term and for the pubs code to remain in place.

CAMRA’s national chairman Colin Valentine said that the current political situation, including Brexit talks, has created “a unique chance” to raise the profile of pubs and gain support.

Twitter campaign support

A dozen candidates for the upcoming general election have already tweeted their support for the manifesto, which urges candidates and campaigners to #PledgeForPubs ahead of the election.

And the call is gaining traction on social media with candidates from the Green Party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats offering their support. Labour peer Lord Kennedy of Southwark added that he hoped candidates of all parties would back the manifesto.

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