Pubs fail in bids for foot-and-mouth aid

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Many of the pubs worst hit by the foot-and-mouth crisis are not being given the financial aid they need by the Government.Trade leaders are urging...

Many of the pubs worst hit by the foot-and-mouth crisis are not being given the financial aid they need by the Government.

Trade leaders are urging ministers to review their criteria for selecting the small businesses which qualify for aid as it was reported that more animals may have to be culled.

A resurgence of the disease in some areas has left many licensees fearful for the future of their businesses.

Mark Hastings, spokesman for the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association, said: "There are worrying signs that certain pubs are not being considered for aid because they fall outside what the Government perceives to be a small business."

He added that the association would be lobbying ministers to reconsider the criteria to allow more pubs to be included.

In Scotland, publicans affected by the crisis are still waiting for the cash help announced by Finance Minister Angus McKay in June.

The trade is also dissatisfied with the failure north of the border to raise the rateable value threshold to £50,000, as Westminster has in England.

Outside the £12,000 threshold, businesses can apply for hardship rate relief, but it is at the discretion of their local authority which has to find 25 per cent of the cost.

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