Fewer than 20% of councils have clear and up-to-date guidance on how to apply small business rate relief, meaning that many firms miss out on the assistance, according to a study from Oxfordshire-based chartered surveyors Bankier Sloan.
MP Charlotte Leslie, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, has tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling for the Government to extend small business rate relief for pubs beyond April 2014.
Thousands of pubs will continue to benefit from paying no business rates, or a discounted rate, for another year, as the Government has announced that it will extend the small business rate relief (SBRR) holiday to April 2014.
Licensees in Wales are being urged to sign a petition by a Welsh Assembly member, who is calling on Sky to reduce its prices for pubs to more accurately reflect the business rate relief enjoyed by Welsh pubs.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has called for urgent Government action to save Britain’s historic pub culture in light of new research showing how 16 pubs on average now close across the country on a weekly basis.