BBPA lobbies pubs minister over business rates

By John Harrington

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The BBPA is pushing ministers to review the burden of business rates on pubs
The BBPA is pushing ministers to review the burden of business rates on pubs
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has proposed a series of measures to Government to lessen the burden of business rates for pubs.

The trade association said it has pressed the Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis to raise the plight of pubs as part of any cross-Government review of business rates.

It is putting together a package of proposals for consideration by officials at the Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The proposals include:

  • Extending small business rate relief until at least until the end of the Parliament (it is currently due to end in April 2014)
  • Running a nationwide campaign urging local authorities to offer rural rate relief to pubs in remote villages
  • Reviewing the business rates revaluation process to enable pubs to automatically trigger business rate revaluations when their turnover is materially reduced.

Andy Tighe, BBPA policy director, said: “Business rates now account for well over 10% of a pub’s operating costs.

"It is a significant part of the tax burden on pubs and anything Brandon Lewis can do to put forward our proposals will be warmly welcomed by the pub sector."

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