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."