Teetotal Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak paid critical attention to the pub trade in the release of his 2020 Budget today (11 March), as the sector braces itself for a hammering by coronavirus.
Freeze on alcohol duties and business rates on pubs with rateable value under £51,000 abolished. Plus, national living wage to rise to £10.50 per hour by 2024. Here is a blow-by-blow account of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's first Budget.
Big Interview – in association with Long Live the Local
Freezes in beer duty could be the start of a recovery – but early-stage recovery is fragile and needs nurturing and further Government support, according to Long Live the Local campaign director David Cunningham.
Before the spring Budget on 11 March, the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group has urged the Government to consider the great British pub’s potential to boost economic and social wellbeing into its policymaking.