The demand is included in the ALMR’s 2014 manifesto, which was launched yesterday. The manifesto also urges the Government to remove competitive disadvantages in the tax and regulatory regime that favour supermarkets over pubs.
The ALMR is encouraging its members to lobby their local MPs to ensure the actions included in their manifesto become reality after next year’s general election.
Strategic affairs director Kate Nicholls said: “Licensed hospitality is a key economic sector, one which created 1 in 8 of all new jobs over the past two years, but there is more which Government can do to stimulate this.
“Pubs and bars face inconsistencies and demands which hamper their ability to grow and boost their local economies. The ALMR Manifesto provides clear information on the national scale and local importance of our industry for policy-makers and guidance on how we can encourage further growth, reduce regulatory burdens and free up our small businesses to do more."
Nicholls added: “Over the course of this parliament, we have worked hard collectively to change the perception and attitude of politicians to this vital, vibrant and diverse industry – both nationally and locally. With less than one year away from the General Election it is vital that politicians appreciate what makes this industry tick."